President Biden Promotes Offshore Wind-Power Leases


President Joe Biden recently addressed workers in Pennsylvania’s key battleground state, highlighting the first sale of offshore-wind-power leases in the Gulf of Mexico. During his speech at the Philly Shipyard, Biden emphasized his economic agenda and discussed the Interior Department’s announcement regarding the upcoming sale on August 29. This sale is part of the administration’s plan to achieve 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. The proposal for the Gulf of Mexico sale was initially put forward in February.

Taking a moment to contrast his stance with that of former President Donald Trump, Biden playfully referenced Trump’s past comments about wind turbines. He also emphasized the job-creation potential of legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act, which advocates for significant investments in clean energy.

Biden’s goal of 30 gigawatts relies on utilizing platforms anchored to the seabed, with power transmitted to shore and distributed from there. This initiative aligns with his broader objective of reducing U.S. carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, ultimately striving for net-zero emissions throughout the entire U.S. economy by 2050. The urgency lies in greenhouse-gas emissions contributing to global warming, leading to increasingly severe storms, droughts, and coastline erosion.

Pennsylvania played a vital role in Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 presidential election, making it a key battleground state once again for the upcoming contest. Expanding on this, President Biden took a dig at Trump’s previous claim that wind turbines could cause cancer, asserting that this is not true.

As we look ahead to next year’s election, it is worth noting that Trump is currently leading in polls for the Republican presidential nomination.

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