8/31/2023 12:14:35 PM
Section 4: National
Subject: Whale Deaths: Windmills Documentary Msg# 1192106
The deaths of 60 whales, so far this year off of the east coast, has been producing objections from environmental groups, mayors and citizens in coastal communities. And folks may recall this includes one dead whale beached on Assateague Island in January.
Now there's a new documentary titled "Thrown to the Wind" covering more detailed analysis of how the whale deaths are related to offshore wind projects. This hour long documentary was produced by Michael Shellenberger, who has recently been interviewed by a variety of TV hosts, local stations, on Fox network, and overseas. Here's an 8 min video
In the interviews, Shellenberger describes how their investigation used an acoustic specialist to measure the sonar blasts being produced by ships surveying the ocean floor to determine stability needed to support the tall wind turbine structures. Hundreds and even thousand of those offshore towers are being planned.
He described unbelievably loud levels, high decibel sounds recorded within the acoustical data they assembled. And Shellenberger described how those caused the whales to become become confused within their own navigation signals to become beached and dying -- or to flee to unproductive water regions scare in the whales' food needs, and dying from malnutrition.
Data has also been assembled about the increased ship traffic in these regions, subjecting the whales to the hazards of being injured and dying by being hit by ships and their propellers.
The full hour documentary has not yet been released publicly but has been shown to member groups linked to Michael Shellenberger.
Shellenberger's groups are planning to take the data collected to the House of Representatives, because there's evidence that the Biden administration has been stonewalling these kinds of environmental concerns. This idea comes for evidence they found where NOAA experts warnings about whale deaths have been unanswered and ignored by the executive branch
20 ft dead humpback whale beached on Assateague Island in January 2023
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