ANALYSIS – Joe Biden has made his radical ‘green’ climate agenda a centerpiece of his administration. He even had his Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the rest of his security team make it a national defense priority, superseding in some ways, China, Russia, and terrorism.
A lot of Biden’s agenda is pushed by radical leftist activists, but the green energy industry is an increasingly wealthy and powerful lobby.
And they operate hand in hand.
And Biden’s ‘climate czar,’ John Kerry, is one of its biggest cheerleaders inside the administration.
Still, it seems reality is now seeping in at the Pentagon as the stuff is hitting the fan.
The fan, in this case, is the wind turbine used in vast wind farms throughout the northeast coastal regions of the United States.
Coincidentally, this is also where a lot of military bases are located, and our air and naval forces operate.
And the Department of Defense (DOD) is quietly expressing its frustration and concern with Biden’s expansive climate agenda’s impact on our military operations and American national security.
Especially the creation of massive wind farms on federally leased waters off the mid-Atlantic coast.
Some at the Pentagon are even referring to it as a national security risk.
And Congress must take note and take action.
Bloomberg reported on Monday that an Oct. 6, 2022 report produced by the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which includes maps highlighting sensitive military zones off the mid-Atlantic coast, was circulated with the energy industry and state officials earlier this month.
Non-political DOD officials are trying to raise the alarm even as their politicized leadership tows the Team Biden ‘green’ line.
Of course, political appointees at DOD will downplay any conflict between the Pentagon and Biden’s extreme climate agenda.
Pentagon spokesperson Kelly Flynn only told Fox News Digital that: “The initial assessment performed by DoD found complicated compatibility challenges with wind turbines near Navy and Air Force training.”
“Compatibility challenges” is doublespeak for we can’t put wind farms offshore without damaging our military training and readiness across the entire eastern seaboard.
While this has been an issue since before Biden, the danger has just been supercharged by the current administration, which refuses to listen or doesn’t care.
Fox News Digital reminds us of the prior warnings: “The Pentagon’s warning late last year… came years after it similarly warned in 2019 that much of the North Atlantic wind lease planning area was an ‘exclusion zone.’ And a DoD map obtained by that was published in 2018 identified nearly the entire East Coast as “highly problematic” for leasing.”
Still, Biden and his radical climate cronies in the wind farm industry, such as the American Clean Power Association, a leading industry group representing wind developers, are plowing ahead.
Bloomberg explained that the new DOD maps show massive acreage cordoned off in federal waters near North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.
At least four offshore wind lease areas proposed by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) are described as “highly problematic” by DOD, while another two are identified as “requiring further study.”
Fox News Digital continued:
“The Navy has said there is not an area in that whole east block that does not interfere with DoD missions. But BOEM is continuing ahead,” said Meghan Lapp, the fisheries liaison for Rhode Island-based fishing company Seafreeze. “And when I’ve asked them on webinars, ‘The Navy said that this is a problem. How can you still be leasing it?’ They’re like, ‘Oh, well, we’re just going to continue the discussions.'”
Well, this is serious stuff, and if the administration won’t listen to its own Defense Department, Congress must get involved.
Gabriella Hoffman, a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum’s Center for Energy and Conservation, told Fox News Digital: “The Pentagon’s warning about national security implications stemming from offshore wind development on the Atlantic Coast, including proximity to critical Virginia military installations, shouldn’t be dismissed.”
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