McCrory says he backs wind farms off NC coast
 

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory is telling the Obama administration that he supports plans that could one day see wind turbine towers poking out of the Atlantic Ocean miles off the North Carolina coast.

McCrory expressed his support for wind power in a letter this week to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is gauging commercial interest in wind farms off North Carolina's northern Outer Banks and Cape Fear. The three ocean blocks, including two off of Brunswick County, that may be leased for wind farms were selected because they're gusty spots that don't interfere with military operations, shipping and fishing.

McCrory has expressed his support for underground hydraulic fracturing to unleash natural gas and offshore drilling to tap gas and oil. He says he also backs wind power because he believes in an "all-of-the-above" energy plan.

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I THINK THEY ARE UGLY. I CAN'T IMAGINE LOOKING OUT OVER THE OCEAN AND SEEING NOTHING BUT WIND MILLS. IN THE FUUTURE, THERE WILL BE A PROBLEM WITH THEM TO, LIKE PAPER AND PLASTIC BAGS. THINK OF THE EXPENSE OF SINKING ONE OF THOSE BABIES IN THE OCEAN. WHO PAYS? CHEAP ENERGY? I DON'T THINK SO.

If these are suposedly going to be miles off the coast of NC, you wont even be able to see them from shore so why are you even making a statement like that? Seeing nothing BUT wind mills??? Are you serious? Yep everywhere you go, everywhere you look on all our NC beaches there will be nothing but wind mills. Thats right. And if they are out miles off the coast, the cost of sinking one wont be an issue. Hey, great fishing hole!

Line'em up from Currituck Sound to Frying Pan Shoals. Let the four wind blow. Let'em blow, let'em blow. I've lived on the coast most of my life (50+ years) and I think these things are rather cool. Wouldn't mind them viewing on the horizon...anytime.

First big mistake for the Governor.Windmills are not energy efficient and damage the environment.

That malarkey came from a Civitas Institute report that has been shot full off holes by everyone from the US Department of Energy to Greenpeace.
The premise of the Civitas report is that when the wind doesn't blow gas turbines would have to be started to make up the difference. Stopping and starting a gas turbine is less efficient than letting it run all the time. That would be true if the electrical grid was solely dependent on one source of electrical generation at a time. But the reality is the grid is fed constantly from a variety of sources. A wind turbine contributes to the grid thus reducing the demand on nuclear and fossil fuel based generation systems.

Environmental? More birds die from mercury and other food chain contamination sources related to generation from coal than they do from wind turbine strikes. The Turbines will be offshore away from populated areas so the claims of illness from electromagnetic radiation along with neurological problems from the noise or vibration will not be applicable.

I'm no friend of Republicans, but Gov McCrory is right on this one.

Do you perhaps live at the beach and have an unobstructed ocean view?

The Governor SHOULD put one wind farm inside the Legislative Building. The amount of hot air in THAT place might over whelm the Grid.

Vog