Collapse: Earth Overshoot Day

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Tue Jan 17 02:15:00 PST 2023

Overpopulation encroaching its demands upon whale space
killing all aboriginals...

Wind Farms Eyed In Surge Of Dead Whales On NJ, NY Beaches

In a case of odd bedfellows, environmental groups and Republican
politicians are calling for a pause in offshore wind farm development
following a string of whales washing up dead on New Jersey and New
York beaches.

Seven whales have turned up dead in little over a month. The latest
victim, a 20- to 25-foot juvenile Humpback whale, turned up in
Brigantine, New Jersey on Thursday afternoon, close to a Coast Guard

"The wave of dead whales is the ocean sounding the alarm, and we must
heed the warning,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of Jersey-based
Clean Ocean Action, after the sixth whale washed up in Atlantic City
on Jan. 7 with signs of head trauma. "[The wind farm development] is
too much, too fast. It's outrageous and our ocean deserves better."
A dead humpback whale washed up at Atlantic City on Jan 7, and was
observed to have head trauma (via @AtlanticCity911 on Twitter)

On Friday, Congressman Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) announced he would seek a
federal investigation. "Ocean life is being put at risk as our
governor and president force through their Green New Deal policies,
without giving full consideration to their real-world impacts.

Drew sits on the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Subcommittee. New Jersey Republican state Senator Vince Polistina
called for a pause in the offshore construction:

    "The work related to offshore wind projects is the primary
difference in our waters, and it’s hard to believe that the death of
(seven) whales on our beaches is just a coincidence."

For others officials, though, it's damn the whales, full speed ahead.
Democratic New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, on Friday said that, while
"this is tragic, obviously," suspicions that tie the dead whales to
the wind farm development were "unfounded and premature."

New Jersey has been on a quest to distinguish itself as the top
offshore-wind state on the east coast. The Garden State has already
approved three offshore wind farms and is soliciting more requests.

Clean Ocean Action says the installation of offshore windmills usually
involves exploration of the sea floor using low-frequency sounds in
the same frequency that whales use, with the risk that they could
become disoriented or otherwise harmed.

Earlier this week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) said it was unaware of any humpback whale having previously
been confirmed as a victim of offshore wind projects. Among other
human perils, whales can fall victim to ship strikes...but could sonar
disorientation increase that risk?

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center said it can take months to figure
out a beached whale's cause of death. In the meantime, expect Governor
Murphy to continue racing to bolster New Jersey's green energy

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