Power-generating Siemens 2.37MW wind turbines are seen at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility California, US [File: Bing Guan/Reuters] The White House has announced plans to expand offshore wind energy in the coming decade by opening new areas to development, speeding environmental permitting, and boosting public financing for projects. The plan is part of President Joe Biden’s broader effort to rapidly transition the US economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change . “President Biden believes we have an enormous opportunity in front of us to not only address the threats of climate change, but use it as a chance to create millions of good-paying, union jobs that will fuel America’s economic recovery, rebuild the middle class, and make sure we bounce back from the crises we face,” Gina McCarthy, national climate adviser, said in a statement on Monday. “Nowhere is the scale of that opportunity clearer than for offshore wind,” she said. Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, the first Indigenous person to serve as a cabinet secretary, said it is important to confront climate issues, as its fallout disproportionately affects people of colour [File: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo] The plan would create jobs for more than […]


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