2-8-11: Harnessing the Wind

February 8, 2011 at 8:10 am 2 comments

Governor Martin O’Malley has made the development of offshore wind energy a major legislative priority of his going forward.

While developing new sources of energy is generally considered a good thing, there are questions over whether wind is the most efficient way to get power—and about what it could do to the environment.

The Center for Integrative Environmental Research at the University of Maryland examined the pros and cons of wind as a source of a power in a report that came out last fall, commissioned by the Maryland Energy Adminstration.

Today, we hear from Tim Wheeler, who covers environmental and energy issues for the Baltimore Sun.  He discusses the history of offshore energy in Maryland.

We also hear from Jim Lanard, President of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition, a group of businesses pushing for federal policies that promote development of offshore wind farms.  And we talk with Norman Meadow, vice president of the Maryland Conservation Council, who worked as a principal research scientist in the biology department of Johns Hopkins for 30 years.

You can hear Jim Lanard and Norman Meadow speak more about environmental  protections that may be taken during wind farm development:

Hear more of Sheilah’s conversation with Tim Wheeler about how companies may become involved in wind farms off the coast of Maryland:

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wayne Curtis  |  February 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I couldn’t believe you went through this entire interview and allowed the guy plugging Nuclear power to talk about the environmental problems of wind, how Nuclear was so “clean” and you never brought up the fact that his “clean” solution generates tons of toxic waste that will be radioactive and deadly for tens of thousands of years, and for which we have no safe, secure storage solution! How can you let someone walk away from the facts like that?

  • 2. Abdul  |  February 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    The world today has an even greater increase in its demand for energy. This is due mainly to the rapid growth of population, which has more than doubled in the last 50 years. This has caused a strain on our energy supply, which has led to an increase in energy costs as well as shortages in many parts of the globe. Conventional energy sources such as petroleum and gas are said to have been dwindling significantly and has the possibility of running out completely in the future. This has encouraged many people to look for alternative energy sources one of which is renewable energy.


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