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Pallone Laments Increasing Partisanship of Offshore Wind Debate

August 29, 2023 |

Credit: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe

After a long period of relatively uncontroversial progress, offshore wind development in New Jersey appears to have finally run into a brick wall of partisanship. Democrats remain in favor of building wind turbines along the Jersey Shore, but most Republicans are now firmly opposed, a Monmouth University poll found this morning (8/29).

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), a longtime offshore wind supporter who represents a large chunk of the Shore, says there’s a clear culprit for the shift: constant anti-wind attacks from Republican politicians and conservative media outlets.

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NJ SEED: It may be good political strategy to accuse those who disagree with your position of spreading “misinformation”. Congressman Pallone says, “…they (Republicans) brought in the whales as part of their misinformation campaign…”. No Congressman, it was the tides that washed dead whales onto New Jersey’s beaches. Whales are a protected species under two federal laws and those seeking to determine the cause or recent whale deaths are not necessarily anti-clean energy. Could it be in this rare instance that Republicans are more concerned about the environment than Democrats?

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