The media hardly covers it, but the Biden administration has taken a number of crucial actions on climate change, even before the measures that passed in the Inflation Reduction Act. On Thursday, President Biden released a new plan for developing floating platforms off the ocean shoreline for wind towers capable of powering millions of homes and significantly expanding our offshore wind capability in the United States.
The new plan would establish sites in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of both California and Oregon, in addition to the northern Atlantic, by the Gulf of Maine. President Biden hopes that the floating sites could release 15 gigawatts of electricity by the year 2035 – enough electricity to bring power to five million homes in the United States.
There are only a handful of these floating platforms in the world and this new initiative could make the United States a global leader in providing offshore wind – making the economy significantly more competitive in the years to come. Not only is the administration working to combat climate change, they’re also creating a wealth of jobs in clean energy in doing so. This is a considerable win and it’s also why Democratic leadership is more important than ever in the face of a crisis that Republicans now like to collectively ignore.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making