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Fisherman, Residents Rebel Against Agenda 21 ‘Ocean Grab’ By State Bureaucrats For ‘Wave Energy’

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Wave energy Buoys.  Graphic: Hatfield Marine Science Center

This is what ICLEI and Agenda 21 look like when they are put into implementation at the local level.

KOBI 5 News reports:

Generated energy in Oregon could soon come from the waves of the Pacific Ocean.

The state is setting up a number of buoys along the Oregon coast in an effort to reduce the state’s carbon footprint.

Officials say large energy utility companies must generate 25% of thier energy through renewable sources by the year 2025.

Where does that 25% figure come from, you ask?   From state bureaucrats who are trying to implement Agenda 21, a utopian environmentalist scheme from the United Nations.

Oddly, energy from hydroelectric sources such as the Columbia River dams are NOT counted as “renewable.”   If water continually flowing down a river isn’t considered “renewable,” why would the ocean’s waves be any different?

The final product must go through a final stage but the current models suggest that one buoy would create enough energy to power nearly 40 homes.

If one buoy can only power 40 homes, how many buoys would have to choke the ocean’s surface to provide the necessary power for millions of coastal residents and businesses?    How many fishing areas, recreational areas, ocean views, and natural habitats will be compromised by all these “green” buoys?

Environmentalists are willing to destroy the livelihoods of fishermen who have harvested the seas for generations.  They are willing to destroy the property values of seaside residents for whom ocean views and beach access are top selling points.   They’re willing to destroy local industries like tourism and sport fishing.   And they’re willing to do it under the radar, where voters are given little to no opportunity to fight back.

For what purpose?   To harvest expensive, financially unsustainable “wave energy” that requires enormous federal subsidies to stay afloat (so to speak).  All in the name of “green energy” and “fighting global warming.”

The only “green” you’ll see will be in the pockets of those who profit from wave energy technology, while millions of seaside residents who have made their living from the ocean find their communities and livelihoods destroyed.

Unsurprisingly, local residents are upset by these developments:

Growing heartburn among Lincoln County residents has spread north to Tillamook and south to Coos Bay and beyond as more people find out about the state’s plans to remove large tracks of fishing grounds along the Oregon Coast. Tillamook residents rose up angrily Thursday to challenge what they called kicking out commercial and recreational fishing with its hundreds of millions of dollars in annual economic benefits for a few paltry electrical jobs for those monitoring offshore wave energy machines.

Besides deeply wounding the Oregon Coast fishing industry, residents charged that offshore wave energy would ruin views of the ocean, disrupt whale migrations and severely damage the coast’s tourism industry. And what really made them upset was that the Territorial Sea Plan pursued by Governor Kitzhaber’s staff and ocean policy committee, along with the State Land Conservation and Development Commission, have been putting it together largely outside of the public eye.

Lincoln County Commissioner and commercial fisherman Terry Thompson told the Tillamook County Futures Council that although the territorial sea plan, aimed at accommodating wave energy generation, has been in the making for nearly four years, a map with specific locations for offshore wave energy devices did not materialize until a few weeks ago. Thompson said it leaves the public with little time to even look it over, much less react to it or make recommendations.

Many residents told the gathering they were shocked. They called it a “rush job” based on priorities they couldn’t imagine to be so important that it would justify damaging the economy of the Oregon Coast, including general tourism, commercial and recreational fishing and local property values. “With those economic sectors hammered, the coast’s economy would collapse,” one angry resident told News Lincoln County. “And for what?” he questioned. “To line the pockets of east coast investors who would get huge federal subsidies while selling expensive electricity to California to the detriment of the Oregon Coast? This is crazy.”

Read more at News Lincoln County

Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com

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