This federal plan to spend $100 billion on offshore wind investment will have minimal impact on climate change and cost three to four times more than onshore wind or solar power. The offshore projects will only add 3% of unneeded generation capacity to the US electric grid.
No existing generators can be closed because they will be needed for backup when the wind doesn't blow. Operating coal and natural gas-fired power plants as backup generators add inefficiencies that lead to more pollution. At best global temperatures will be reduced to 0.02° C by 2100 if all the proposed projects are built.
President Biden is likely to announce on "Earth Day" the approval of the precedent-setting "Vineyard Wind" project near scenic Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, MA. The decision opens the floodgates for 450 skyscraper-sized industrial wind turbines that will be 14 miles off the island's coast extending for 90 miles by 30 miles deep tract.
The approval comes despite finding the project will have a major negative impact on the fishing industry and scientific research important to food security, vessel safety, radar, and Coast Guard search and rescue operations.
The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) spent three and a half years studying the proposed "Vineyard Wind" project. In December, the Department's solicitor determined, based on existing law, that the Secretary of the DOI had a duty to deny the "Vineyard Wind" project as it would forever interfere with the historic rights to unobstructed fishing and ocean views.
However, the new Administration is reversing the finding after only seven weeks by cobbling together a slightly revised "alternative" from six "alternatives" already studied.
At the very least, the new "alternative" should have re-opened a required year-long review period.