Offshore wind farms suspected of killing whales as Biden seeks to phase out fossil fuels and lean into renewables

"I'm quite surprised that there aren't more environmentalists and certainly people who are involved in protecting sea life and animals speaking out about this."

Beth Baisch Toronto ON
A 35-foot-long humpback whale named Luna who washed ashore last week on Nassau County, New York's Lido Beach is the latest in a worrying trend of marine mammals dying along the east coast.

A letter sent by a dozen New Jersey mayors to federal and state officials last week calls for an immediate moratorium on offshore wind farms, which have increased to satisfy the Biden administration's green agenda, until a thorough investigation is conducted, and it is determined that the project is not responsible for the increase in whale deaths, according to Fox News. The mayors note that they are "not against clean energy."

Alabama Representative Barry Moore tweeted, "It’s time for Democrats to put whales over woke!"

As cetaceans rely on echolocation to communicate and find food, the noise generated from the methods used to survey the ocean floor and later construct the wind turbines may be interfering with those abilities—possibly even leading to deafness—and pushing the animals closer to shore. There, they are at increased risk of stranding or being hit by vessels.

"The only thing different off our shore right now is the investigations going on for the wind farms," New Jersey Republican State Senator Vince Polistina said.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey has vowed to get to the bottom of the deaths.

"We are going to ruin our shoreline because of billionaires around the country and around the world that are making tons of money off this," Van Drew said during an appearance on Jesse Watters Primetime.

"This is an environmental nightmare," Van Drew said, adding "I'm going to do everything I can to dig in hard, find the truth, save our ocean, and save our coast."

During an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said that while alternative energy is important, there has to be a balance, saying "There are people who can never strike that balance unless it's in order for their benefit."

Blakeman also called out the silence from environmental groups. "I'm quite surprised that there aren't more environmentalists and certainly people who are involved in protecting sea life and animals speaking out about this."

Patrick Moore, former president of Greenpeace—an organization once known for confronting whaling vessels and stopping the practice of commercial whaling—slammed the organization for "making fat salaries and doing virtually nothing to help the environment anymore."

"This net-zero thing has become a fiasco," he said. "There aren't enough battery materials in the world to back up something that only works a third of the time."

"The great irony of this is Greenpeace and all the rest of these wind and solar promoters are against nuclear energy, which is perfectly clean, costs less money in the long run than wind and solar," he said.

"I think they've betrayed their founders."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) insists that there is "no evidence to support speculation that noise resulting from wind development-related site characterization surveys could potentially cause mortality to whales."

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