Today, the Assembly Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee held a hearing on marine mammal deaths along the Atlantic Coast. The hearing follows months of fossil-fuel-funded groups, conservative politicians and media personalities, and celebrities like Snooki claiming, without evidence, that recent whale and marine mammal deaths are a result of offshore wind. In response to the hearing, New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) released the following statement.
Alex Ambrose, Policy Analyst, NJPP:
“There is no evidence that anything related to offshore wind is harming whales or other marine mammals. There is, however, extensive evidence that the climate crisis will continue to harm not only whales but every resident of New Jersey, particularly those living near the shore and in communities hit hardest by fossil fuel pollution. New Jersey needs to continue the responsible development of clean energy to add good union jobs in the state and improve the health of our wildlife and our people.”