I just got an email from David Hirsh, a lawyer, environmental professional, and longtime surfer who is currently fighting a proposal to place 350 wave energy conversion buoys in and around the surf at Westhaven State Park in Washington. Not only would these buoys potentially destroy the waves at Westport‘s most popular break, but according to Hirsh’s research, these harvesters would have a negative impact on the local ecosystem. Hirsh’s attempt to raise public awareness of the project and to convince local city and county leaders to adjust the proposed location of the buoy array makes me wonder:
When does carbon-free energy trump outdoor recreation? Shouldn’t we all take the time to research the holistic impact of “green” projects, even if the intent is good on a macro level? Am I just being a selfish outdoor enthusiast who doesn’t want to sacrifice a limited commodity”a surf spot”to increase a necessary commodity”carbon neutral energy?
Other issues that are similar to this, and that definitely fall into this line of thinking, are the dam being built on the Ashlu River in BC (see our Collective Video on the subject), and the wind farm controversy currently taking place in a number of eastern states. When do you have to give up part of your backyard to ensure there will be any yards at all?