Wrightsville Beach mayor supports off-shore wind energy


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Submitted: Thu, 09/13/2012 - 6:05pm
Updated: Thu, 09/13/2012 - 6:09pm By:

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti says he supports the production of off-shore wind energy.

The group Environment North Carolina is pushing to extend federal tax credits for wind projects set to expire at the end of the year.

Mayor Cignotti said he is most interested in the positive environmental effects turbines will have on Wrightsville Beach.

“To me the big impact is protecting the environment,” Cignotti said. “Our coastal communities rely on a pristine environment. Our water must be clean in order to have tourism flourish, and I feel like wind energy would protect that.”

Though the initial investment in turbines and wind farms would be large, Cignotti says it would pay for itself and be fairly inexpensive in the long term.

5 Comments

  • robo says:

    The mayor apparently has not considered the “visual pollution” and noise pollution from the windmills, in addition to possible harmful effects on birds and marine life.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    “Visual pollution”? That’s the same argument the elitist Kennedy family had about Hyannis, MA and turbines. You’re all for environmentalism providing you don’t actually have to see it.

    Noise pollution? You do realize that they’re quite a ways out into the ocean don’t you?

    Harmful to marine life? Unlesss there’s a species of super flying fish, they’ll be swimming considerably below the turbine blades.

    Harmful to birds? Sometimes during a migration season that’s true. Of course, fossil fuel power plants emit enough toxins to harm them more though consistent destruction of the overall environment.

    Are they the answer to everything? No, but they’re at least worth looking onto.

  • SusanK says:

    One small step toward US energy independence in a clean, renewable way!

  • kimi says:

    NY wind farms are already turning a profit

  • Carol Kramer says:

    Though the initial investment in turbines and wind farms would be large, Cignotti says it would pay for itself and be fairly inexpensive in the long term.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha…I can’t stop laughing. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
    Name one instance where this is true. Just one.

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