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A lament of whales and windmills

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So, today my wife and I went to a memorial service for Ms. Corrine Damon (a faithful servant of the Lord). While at the Brewer and Sons funeral home, I was going to use this time (after the memorial) to research a subject dealing with undertaker workers and problems stemming from clotting blood (due to the COVID-19 vaccinations).

I ended up leaving with a different subject matter to explore. A friend from church (Len Wolfe) asked if I would look into what is going on with the wind turbine generator site exploration and construction and its impacts on marine life and their habitats. Len was mainly concerned with the many Humpback whales washing up on the northeast coastal areas (especially around the New Jersey coastline).

In this last year, where they may have had one (or possibly two) whales wash up on shore, they have counted seven. You see, Len is a retired naval submarine technician, and, as many navy boys do, he has a special bond and affection for the sea. He mentioned that there might be a connection between the electricity being transferred from the massive wind turbine platforms to their respective power plants onshore and the whales losing their ability to function properly.

I started looking into the various videos posted on YouTube and got a lot of information from this search area. While commercial fishermen are being held back (like a person in a fight with one hand tied behind their back), the people who really need to be regulated are ripping apart our ocean bottoms as they erect these wind turbine generators.

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It affects the fisheries all the way up through Maine, and politics (and industry money) are the deciding factors in the equation. When asked about this issue, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated that (at that time) he had no plans to delay or halt the progress of the sonar explorations or placement of new generator towers. He based his thoughts and actions on data given to him, stating that the deaths of the whales had actually increased three or four years before they allowed the exploration and construction of the turbine platforms.

And this topic of renewable energy hits home for me, as I have had two wind turbine generators working alongside my solar array in the past. So now let me explain the real damage that is being done by these offshore rigs. Each floating platform has a tower that goes hundreds of feet in the air, but as they are on floating decks, they are tethered with three MASSIVE CHAIN AND ANCHOR SYSTEMS. These systems are built to where the tidal actions move the rigs back and forth in a captive area, but as they move, the chains six inches thick with links as big as pickup trucks are rubbing and tearing up the precious bottom ecosystem below them. And they are not right under the floating rig. Instead, they have the chains draped out hundreds of yards in their prospective directions!

One website on Youtube named “Will Offshore Wind Harm Marine Life” by a group called “The Maine Reset” shows that some of the construction areas will have “Wind Farms” with as few as a dozen of these rigs set up (with these massive chains intertwined underneath each other). If the power brokers get their way, a gigantic “Wind Ranch” is set to be constructed off the coast of Massachusetts, with as many as 84 of these platform anchorages turning lush sea bottoms into underwater desert seascapes.

Now, ask yourselves which would be worse, an overfished shoreline or hundreds of square miles of marine habitat OBLITERATED! Then there was a video put out (to be presented to the environmentally cautious folks on the west coast of the U.S. It was titled, “Humpback Whales and Floating Offshore Wind Farms” (by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management). These people showed a cartoon-like animation of how the whales comfortably maneuvered around the array of chains and suspended energized wires. They said NOTHING about the massive loss of sea life that those anchored chain sets would be causing!

Highlighting various stories from concerned family, friends, and readers is, at the very least, an education and a “wake-up” to what is happening around us. This story should concern anybody and everybody. May all of you have a blessed week!

Steven Goodwin
Steven Goodwin
Steve Goodwin is a recently retired Christian conservative veteran (of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division), who still feels that "duty to country" did not end when the military uniform got hung up. He and his wife Cecelia live on the edge of a beautifully wooded tract of land just south of the bypass, and are involved in not only church activities, but also attend school board meetings and local community action events as well.
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