Dear Ms Young,
“Good for Fred Thiele!” was my first thought when I read Fred Thiele Raises Concerns About South Fork Wind Farm (January 25). “Here’s a responsible legislator who follows up on projects he’s approved!”
Yet neither of the two issues related to the wind farm that Mr. Thiele raises seem very concerning.
What is especially not concerning is the 44% increase in the size of the project. Is it “bait and switch” when the customer gets more?
Besides, stepped-up production is crucial to our state reaching its goal of 100% clean energy by 2040. Most legislators understand this and applauded when Governor Cuomo vowed to quadruple offshore wind in his recent State of the State address.
Mr. Thiele also professes concern for the fishing industry. This is puzzling. When he approved South Fork, he was convinced by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s studies demonstrating that off shore wind does not threaten commercial fisheries. What has changed?
This is a time-tested technology offering 5000 jobs and a prosperous, sustainable future to residents of the East End. It would be a shame if vague, unsubstantiated worries prevented that future from arriving.
New York, NY
To the Editor:
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. warns that East Enders have been fed a “bait and switch” scam in regard to Orsted’s increased offshore capacity for clean, cheap energy (“Fred Thiele Raises Concerns About South Fork Wind Farm,” Jan. 25).
Suddenly, Assemblyman Thiele, who had been a strong supporter of the Orsted project calls for caution, and suggests commercial fisheries are at risk. His view is counter to the facts established by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which says offshore wind has only a negligible chance of doing any harm.
In his oddly single-minded focus on the interests of commercial fisheries, obscured by concerns about international ownership and transparency, Assemblyman Thiele ignores the best interests of his wider constituency.
Offshore wind is set to create a huge number of jobs for the community by the mid- to late 2020s, a good living for the next generation, climate stabilization and cheap renewable energy.
Let Assemblyman Thiele support the East End’s special place in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to increase offshore wind power, moving New York to 70% renewable electric power by 2030. It’s for the good of all.
Laurie Joan Aron
New York, NY
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