Offshore wind can produce twice as much energy and twice as many jobs as offshore oil and gas drilling, according to a new report by ocean conservation group Oceana.
“Over the next 20 years, according to the report, offshore wind in the Atlantic could produce up to 143 gigawatts of power, enough to power 115 million households,” Salon reports. “Just 13 years of production would provide more energy than the grand total available from economically recoverable oil and gas in the area.”
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Over that period, wind “could create over 218,000 lifetime jobs—91,000 more than offshore drilling.”
Abrams adds that offshore drilling “threatens an additional 1.4 million jobs and $95 billion in GDP from industries like fishing and tourism, which rely on healthy waters.”
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