In the United States, the Obama administration and five states have reached an agreement to speed up approval of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition.
In Windsor, Ontario, a wind turbine manufacturer that received $2.7 million to open its doors there has shut down its local operation after only two years, leaving 20 employees without a job.
Again, what’s wrong with this picture?
Well, it’s a tale of two different approaches. In the U.S., despite opposition, the plan to create offshore wind farms is advancing. Supporters describe the lakes’ winds as a vast, untapped source of clean energy and economic growth.
In Canada, specifically Ontario, there is a moratorium on wind energy development in its Great Lakes waters to allow for more study.
And while the hand-wringing goes on, out-of-business companies such as Windsor’s WindTronics are left to, well, twist in the wind.
The U.S. forges ahead, Canada lags behind.
What’s wrong with this picture, indeed?
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