To the Editor:
As we face multiple global ecological crises, magnified by climate change, it is puzzling, even frightening, to see opposition to one of the major and already functioning forms of renewable energy, especially from the marine resources community.
One would think that this community was completely ignorant of the proven threats of oil tankers to our fisheries and estuaries, or of the overfishing of food fish, or the destruction of coastal estuaries, the fish breeding grounds, for condominiums, hotels, resorts and other incompatible uses, or the polluting runoff from farms, sewers, cesspools and industry.
The commercial fishing community has long sat on the sidelines as environmentalists fought the good fight to preserve ocean life. At times they attacked them and federal scientists, claiming that they knew better than the experts about the “real” condition of fisheries. And now once again, they are in denial about the imperative of moving to wind power and solar energy as rapidly as possible.
They are misguided and misinformed, and scarcely better than the climate deniers themselves. The offshore wind farm, and future ones like it, must not be defeated by those whose understanding of the climate crisis is minuscule and who opposition has no scientific or public policy basis.
Ms. Salzman was a Suffolk County Green Party candidate for congress in the 1st CD in 2002 and sought the U.S. Green Party presidential nomination in 2004. She was a cofounder of the Shoreham Opponents Coalition.
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