Monday, December 20, 2010

Wave Energy Facilities in Marine Reserves

Two marine scientists object to citing wave energy facilities in marine reserves off the Oregon coast, citing protection of ecosystems. Seems right -- the activity to build and maintain the infrastructure for a wave energy facility seems incompatible with a sanctuary for marine life. However, the other side of the story needs to be told because wave energy, and offshore wind, are two ways to fight climate change and move us toward energy independence.

This is also an interesting glimpse into the future. We will likely see more of these "disagreements" going forward where the two parties seem to be on the same team. If sound research, clear communication, and cooler heads prevail, successful solutions should follow.

Read the opinion piece from here.

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