Thousands gathered at New Jersey’s Point Pleasant beach on Sunday with a united mission: to pause offshore wind projects in response to recent whale deaths along the New York-New Jersey coast.
The gathering unfolded even as officials dispute the notion that the projects may be to blame for the dead whales, a controversy that – like many – is breaking along political party lines.
Holding signs reading “Save the Whales” and “Whale Lives Matter” on Sunday, World Whale Day, a coalition of ocean conservationist groups and homegrown activists argued that local wind turbine survey projects were harming marine wildlife.
Not that I know anything about it.
Except for one thing.
Whale populations have recovered. Sure, there’s concern over North Wright Whales (think that’s right) but in general there are a lot more cetaceans around than there were decades back.
So, there are going to be more carcasses of dead cetaceans around then. Only when that is taken into account can we even begin to think about whether there is something we’re doing which is killing more of them……