Over 282 elected officials back offshore wind in New York and New Jersey.  Experts and elected officials discuss what’s happening.

Offshore wind has the potential to provide more than 2,000 gigawatts (GW) of energy in the United States — two times the present generation of the entire U.S. electric grid, according to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimate. This dynamic clean, renewable energy sector will revitalize the economy with thousands of skilled jobs while helping to prevent some of the most devastating effects of the climate crisis.

As wind farms go up, fossil fuel production will go down as more is taken off line transitioning the grid to clean energy. Offshore wind is poised to become a $1 trillion industry by 2040, creating thousands of good-paying jobs, providing clean renewable energy, and spurring economic growth.

Offshore wind has the potential to be the biggest lever that we can pull to reduce our emissions, address the climate crisis, meet our energy needs, and grow our economy simultaneously. It is key to a prosperous healthy future.

However, recently there has been disinformation about whale deaths on the East Coast with right wing backed organizations falsely accusing offshore wind survey ships of killing them. It’s more likely oil tanks did as 40 percent of the shipping traffic in the areas is from oil industry transportation, wirh less than 2 percent being offshore wind. survey ships.

Experts from New York and New Jersey came together to talk about how the buildouts are going in these respective states, and they elevated any doubts about environmental concerns, with stories about their personal and professional experiences and data.