A large white wind turbine rises above the ocean with Block Island visible in the background.
Offshore Wind Turbine A wind turbine that is part of Block Island Wind, off the coast of Rhode Island. © Ayla Fox

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TNC Responds to Executive Actions on Climate and Offshore Wind

Atlantic Coast offshore wind policy manager calls responsible offshore wind deployment "21st century conservation."

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) today applauded President Biden’s announcements of new executive actions helping people facing the effects of climate change and supporting offshore wind. Appropriately, the site of the announcement was the Brayton Point Power Station, a defunct coal-fired power plant that was once the largest and most polluting in New England and is now a staging base for the growing offshore wind industry.

“In the midst of twin climate and biodiversity crises, responsible offshore wind deployment is 21st-century conservation. A rapid transition to a clean energy economy will mitigate severe and potentially irreversible impacts to the planet and at the same time reduce air pollution in communities that have for so long been burdened by our dependence on fossil fuels," said Tricia Jedele, TNC’s Atlantic Coast Offshore Wind Policy Manager.

"By announcing a national commitment to this transition at a facility that once housed a giant fossil-fuel-burning power plant, President Biden is not just recognizing that transformation is possible, but that we don’t have time for it to happen on its own. We have to make it happen. That is a commitment TNC will stand behind," Jedele continued.

TNC is working with stakeholders, offshore wind developers and the federal agencies responsible for reviewing and issuing offshore wind leases and permits to support offshore wind so that it is sited thoughtfully and transparently while reliably offsetting our dependence on fossil fuels and maximizing environmental and community benefits.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.