Sierra Club Of Delaware Responds To CRI’s Misinformation Campaign

Today the Sierra Club of Delaware responded to Caeser Rodney Institute’s Use Of Misinformation Scare Tactics In Their Save Our Beach View Campaign

Whether you are for or against the Skipjack wind farm you should at least get the correct information to be able to make an informed opinion. The fact of the matter is that the wind farm is going off the coast of Delaware and Maryland in federal waters, that project isn’t going to be stopped. Orsted owns that lease area.
One of the issues has been where a transmission line will be brought onto land. As well as the myth that this wind farm will disrupt the view of summer tourists and decrease property values. I have an advantage when it comes to information. I have friends that work in this industry around the world and in our country. I can ask them just about anything and get a solid answer. I have been accused of being paid by Orsted and even Delaware State parks, I have gotten nothing from either of them. Do some solid research and make your own decision.

This is a the link to the Tell Our Elected Officials That You SUPPORT Offshore Wind! call to action letter written by the Sierra Club Delaware Chapter. ( copied in below)
This is a link to another call to action letter by Delaware United (copied in below)
I suggest you read these to get more of an accurate view of facts that have been misrepresented by the Caeser Rodney Institute. There is actually a very easy way to learn about the wind farms here and in Europe, just google them. This is a great article to start with, Offshore wind capacity in Europe increased by 18 percent last year

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Delaware United call to action letter …
Misinformation is being spread around at an alarming rate by a fossil fuel funded organization that supports offshore drilling, using fear tactics to fuel the fire of their attack on renewables. Make no mistake, the lies being spread around by Caesar Rodney Institute are not being told because they care about the environment or anyone’s view of the ocean. They are being spread to further the desires of the fossil fuel companies that are writing their checks.

The viewshed during the peak tourism months will be preserved due to the curve of the earth and the haze of the natural occurring humidity at the beach. Studies and reality have shown that, even when wind turbines are much closer than those proposed off the coast of Delaware, tourism and property values are unaffected.

Furthermore, as population expands, electricity demand increases, and fossil fuel-based production facilities age, new electric supplying facilities will need to be created. The supporters of the fossil fuel industry know this and that is exactly why they are spending tens of thousands of dollars in Delaware trying to stop what will be a federally sanctioned offshore wind project. They know that if Americans discover the benefits of offshore wind as many European countries have, that fossil fuel production will drop off and they will lose money. Offshore wind has the potential not only to power the entire state of Delaware, but to do so at no additional cost to Delaware ratepayers.

We need you to act now! We need you to tell your legislators, both federal and state, Governor Carney, and Secretary Garvin that you support offshore wind and that Delaware needs to invest in this technology to save our planet.

Sierra Club Delaware Chapter call to action letter …
Please take immediate action to defend renewable energy! The Caesar Rodney Institute has been spreading misinformation at an alarming rate and using fear tactics to fuel their attack on offshore wind. Here are a few examples from a letter they recently sent to all residents of Sussex County:

 1) FALSE: The Skipjack offshore wind project will ruin the view from Delaware beaches and hurt our tourism industry. 
TRUE: The view from the beach during the peak tourism months will be preserved due to the curvature of the earth and the haze formed by naturally occurring humidity at the beach. Studies and reality have shown that tourism and property values are unaffected, even when windmills are located closer to the beach than those currently proposed off the coast of Delaware.  

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2) FALSE: Wind turbines are going to hurt the coastal vacation property market. 
TRUE: The very study that CRI uses as proof of this actually stated that not only are wind farms supported by the majority of those surveyed, but they went on to say, “Our results also show that if turbines are built further than eight miles from shore, the visual impacts diminish substantially for many survey respondents and it is unlikely the turbines would negatively impact coastal vacation property markets.” That’s right, every statistic CRI declared based on this study is completely false. Based on this report, at 18 miles from the shore, there will be no vacation property market related to the project.

 3) FALSE: Ratepayers will pay more for their electricity. 
TRUE: Delaware ratepayers will not be purchasing the energy from this wind farm, and the average cost to purchase electricity is currently 7.28 cents a kWh, not the 3.5 cents that CRI claimed. Furthermore, if Delaware were to build a wind farm off the coast, research from a professor at the University of Delaware shows that ratepayers could actually pay less than the current rate if the farm was large enough to meet demand.

4) FALSE: The wind farm projects will have no positive environmental impact.
TRUE: The very study that CRI sites in their propaganda states, multiple times, that tens of thousands of tons of CO2 will be saved by producing just the two currently debated wind farms alone. With the addition of other wind farms coming online in other states, this number is likely to be increased exponentially in the coming years.  The Sierra Club of Delaware advocates for programs, projects and legislation that reduce or eliminate fossil fuel energy and replace it with clean renewable energy.  We strongly support the development of wind projects off the coast of Delaware as part of the critical transition away from carbon-based energy sources. The CRI is spending tens of thousands of dollars, largely supplied via the fossil fuel industry, to stop the development of wind energy off the coast of Delaware, and their supporters are flooding Delaware officials’ inboxes with messages. But you can help counter these efforts before it’s too late. 

Send your message today and share this action alert with others! By filling out the form on the right, you will automatically send a letter to the Governor, our Federal Delegation, and your State Representative and Senator that says you support offshore wind and that Delaware should invest in this technology to protect our health and our planet.

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Below is the Save Our Beach View letter that was sent to over 30,000 homeowners within five miles of the Delaware beaches. It is in color, sorry this scan is not. I don’t have to tell you how expensive it is to send out a mailer like this. They always say follow the money, and in this situation money is being used to get people to follow misinformation.

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CRI’s Save Our Beach View letter sent to area residents
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CRI’s Save Our Beach View letter sent to area residents
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CRI’s Save Our Beach View letter sent to area residents
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CRI’s Save Our Beach View letter sent to area residents

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