FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2012
Christine Guhl, 609-510-4684
Kim Teplitzky, 267-307-4707
Global Wind Day Attracts Families Calling on Gov. Christie to Advance Offshore
Wind Power Projects
Kids use kites to show abundance of clean, renewable wind power on Jersey’s
Asbury Park and Ocean City, NJ – Today groups of parents,
kids and Sierra Club members gathered at beaches in Asbury Park and Ocean City
for Global Wind Day to celebrate the
abundance of clean, renewable wind on New Jersey’s shoreline. Participants flew
kites along to the beach to demonstrate the power of wind on the shores and
called on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to advance stalled efforts to
develop offshore wind power.
“I want my kids to
grow up in a healthier, cleaner energy future where they don’t have to worry
about pollution from dirty energy sources poisoning their air and water,” said
Donna Henry, a mom of two kids and Sierra Club volunteer who helped plan the
Ocean City event. “Off the coast of New Jersey is a massive wind resource that
we can use to power our homes, businesses and schools with clean, renewable
energy – that’s the future I want to see for my kids.”
Governor Christie signed the Offshore Wind Economic
Development Act into law nearly two years ago, but since then offshore wind has
been at a standstill in New Jersey, causing the state to miss out on the
opportunity to create jobs, boost the economy and become a clean energy leader.
"We have enough wind off our coast to meet most of New
Jersey’s electric needs. The money and the jobs from offshore wind stay
here, giving a critical boost to our state and local economies," said Jeff
Tittel, Director of the Sierra Club New Jersey Chapter.
"Governor Christie says he is for wind but he has been
stalling New Jersey's program for two years. The Governor’s actions show
he is stuck in the past - he has raided our clean energy funds and is now
subsidizing fossil fuels plants for close to $2 billion rather than investing
in the energy of the future. We need the Governor to stand up for good
jobs and a strong New Jersey economy by promoting offshore wind and advancing
it through the final administrative barriers that are holding us back."
Offshore wind is already an
established global industry with 4,000MW of offshore wind capacity installed in
Europe, and China planning to increase the installed capacity of its offshore
wind sector to 5,000MW by 2015 and 30,000MW by 2020.
Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15th. It is a day for
discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world.