East Coast Governors Band Together to Promote Wind Energy
The governors of ten east coast states have banded together to form the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium to promote the development of wind energy along the shores of the Outer Continental Shelf in Delaware, Virginia, Maine, Maryland, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Though not openly opposing offshore drilling, the governors are hoping to create a 'neighbor effect' to deflect any harmful fossil fuel practices that might harm their tourism and fishing industry as has happened in the Gulf of Mexico.
The wind farm issue seems to cross party lines, and both Republican and Democratic governors have agreed to put their political differences aside to join forces to push the alternative energy agenda. Six states have also formed intergovernmental task forces with the Department of the Interior (DOI) to facilitate leases for land to construct wind farms. The Consortium hopes to acquire funding from the Re-Power America's Land program run by the EPA to encourage more turbine production in the U.S. This could bring thousands of new green jobs to their states not only for wind energy, but solar and biomass power production facilities as well.