Trump Promises Action Against Offshore Wind Power Projects on ‘Day One’ of Presidency

Former President Donald Trump vowed to take regulatory actions against offshore wind power projects once back in office, pointing out that the technology was expensive as well as detrimental to surrounding wildlife.

Offshore wind power projects “destroy everything. They’re horrible and the most expensive energy there is. They ruin the environment. They kill the birds. They kill the whales,” President Trump said during a May 11 rally in Wildwood, New Jersey. “We are going to make sure that that ends on day one. I’m going to write it out in an executive order. It’s going to end on day one,” the former president continued.

“You won’t have to worry about Governor Murphy’s 157 windmills,” he said, referring to the Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind project. The initiative is expected to have 157 wind turbines located approximately 10-20 miles off the coast of New Jersey. The 1,510 MW project is estimated to power up more than 700,000 homes.

According to an analysis by energy consultant Art Berman, the cost of acquiring electric power from wind is roughly 21 percent higher than from “combined-cycle natural gas” plants. Such plants use both a gas and a steam turbine to generate electricity.

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