Weekly News Roundup: NWF promotes Wind Power and more!
Offshore wind power along the Atlantic coast produces enough energy to provide electricity to over five million homes, according to a report released Thursday by the National Wildlife Federation. Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power highlights the progress offshore wind power has made over the years. With support from over 40 cosponsoring organizations, the report reveals the need for state leaders to take action and substitute dirty energy with clean, wildlife-friendly offshore wind energy.In other news, have you heard about the 15 bird species that have been categorized as endemic in the United States? These birds live within U.S. borders all year-round! Also, don’t forget the deadline to submit your incredible photo to this year’s National Wildlife Photo Contest is almost here – July 14 to be exact. Don’t miss your opportunity to be the National Wildlife Photo Contest winner!
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What’s happening at the National Wildlife Federation this week?
New Report: Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power Finally Within Reach
July 10 – Over 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast already designated for wind energy development could generate over 16,000 megawatts of electricity (MW), enough to power over five million homes, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation released today with the support of over 40 cosponsoring organizations and leaders from business, labor, state, and local governments. Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power also contains a new analysis showing how the strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to coastal states right when we need it most, bringing down energy costs and local pollution.
“American offshore wind power is finally within reach,” said Catherine Bowes, senior manager for climate and energy at the National Wildlife Federation. “With areas offshore that can power five million homes currently available for leasing, we’ve reached a critical moment for state leaders to seize this golden opportunity and create a clean energy future powered by American workers that can protect our wildlife and communities from the dangers of climate change.”
New University of Michigan Animation Illustrates Danger of Oil Spill to Great Lakes
July 10 – A new animated video by the University of Michigan and the National Wildlife Federation shows how devastating an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac would be for the Great Lakes, wildlife, and communities. The animation shows that if an oil spill occurs, oil could reach popular tourist destinations like Mackinac Island, blanket 50 miles of Lake Huron shoreline, and reach Lake Michigan landmarks such as Beaver Island.
Senate takes the Bipartisan out of the Sportsmen’s Act
July 10 – The Senate voted 41-56 Thursday against cloture to end debate on the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 2363), co-sponsored by Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), effectively killing the bill for this session. Many of the same cosponsors of the bill voted against it, making the Sportsmen’s Act the latest of several bipartisan measures to fall to partisan politics this legislative session.
“Today a bipartisan bill with widespread public support has been torpedoed by unrelated congressional politics,” said Collin O’ Mara, the National Wildlife Federation’s president and CEO. “The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act would have secured funding for the conservation of wetlands and other wildlife habitat, and expanded hunting, fishing and other recreational opportunities on public lands. The National Wildlife Federation, its partners and a wide array of organizations and citizens fought hard for the bill. We will keep fighting with the many senators from both parties who support wildlife conservation to ensure a bright future for wildlife and all the people who enjoy the great outdoors.”
NWF in the News:
Huffington Post: House Republican Spending Bill Seeks to Block Obama’s Carbon
“It’s clear that House Republicans have once again chosen to play politics with America’s air and water rather than put forward a reasonable bill with a chance at becoming law,” Joshua Saks, the National Wildlife Federation’s legislative director, said in a statement.
Washington Examiner: Proposed EPA water rule lights up Capitol Hill fireworks
“This rule will not restore the Clean Water Act to the time when it was governing most waters, but this will get us a chunk of it back,” said Josh Saks, legislative director with the National Wildlife Federation. “This will not bring us the most onerous Clean Water Act that there has ever been. So I think there is a lot of folly.”
“Compared to the amount of revenue the energy industry makes, I think that the American people are OK with slightly increased costs if it means clean rivers and streams,” said Josh Saks, National Wildlife Federation’s Legislative Director.
David Mizejewski assures him that he can help. “At National Wildlife Federation, we need everybody’s help to help protect these animals in the wild. These guys are hunted for their fur, so, we want to make sure that we conserve wildlife, and we need everybody’s help to do that.”
Boston Globe: $2.9m in US aid brightens future of Great Marsh
“There’s increasing recognition that as these storms become more frequent and as their intensity increases, the federal government, state government, and local communities simply don’t have the resources to reconstruct and rebuild in the way we have historically,” said Chris Hilke, program manager for the Climate Adaptation Program in the northeast office of the National Wildlife Federation. “We have to begin to think proactively of more cost-effective ways to reduce risk.”