Thank you for the coverage of this event. It was a great meeting and BOEM, NC Commerce, as well as the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition gave great presentations.
However this article does not accurately convey the public sentiment displayed at the meeting. Indeed the room was packed and was almost standing room only, yet the public comments were unanimously in favor of bringing wind energy off Wilmington's coast and bringing in the jobs and responsible energy development.
And indeed the economic impact of wind energy was a major topic last night, but what is not reflected in this article is how much of the conversation focused on the positive economic impacts like jobs in NC manufacturing, transportation, port activity, engineering, and construction. There are already more than a thousand NC workers in the wind industry and offshore wind could bring thousands more.
Commenter after commenter after commenter said "bring wind energy here! Bring the jobs here!"
Additional comments are being taken by BOEM until January 28.
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