Climate Change Concerns Fuel Wind Farm Supporters

Insisting that the Town of East Hampton, not to mention civilization itself, faces imminent climate chaos, four residents urged the town trustees on Monday night to look positively on the proposed South Fork Wind Farm as a means of curtailing the use of fossil fuels, but also to “consider the bigger picture and the larger cost to all of us” of climate change.

Cate Rogers, a representative of the Climate Reality Project, told the trustees that the daily emission of 110 million tons of heat-trapping fossil-fuel gases, which she likened to treating the atmosphere “like an open sewer,” was the primary cause of rising global temperatures. The trustees, who have jurisdiction over many of the town’s beaches, bottomlands, and waterways, may have a say in whether or not Deepwater Wind can run its proposed wind farm’s transmission cable beneath an ocean beach in Wainscott.

Sea level rise is an inevitable result of melting glaciers, but another consequence, warmer ocean temperatures, will cause both stronger and more frequent storms, along with dramatic changes to marine habitat. “That impacts our fishing industry,” said Ms. Rogers, who is also the chairwoman of the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee. 

The commercial fishing industry opposes the wind farm, and Ms. Rogers noted that some critics have called it an industrialization of the oceans. “I think that ship has sailed,” she said. “The offshore oil industry is thriving — another industrialized use of the ocean.” 

But, she said, the....

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