Wind-planning delay serves conservation too

Recent reports have criticized the Murphy administration for delaying implementation of wind development to allow for more comment on potential lease areas for wind energy. While the administration requested the extension to allow the fishing industry to review the offshore lease sites, this time-out also permits conservation organizations to present substantive comments to better inform decision-making. And it doesn’t stop the state (and other states) from continuing to prepare for development.

In requesting the delay granted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Murphy administration is not halting progress on wind. It has made the boldest commitment to wind in the country and all evidence suggests that the departments responsible are moving ahead swiftly with necessary planning. Restarting the program in New Jersey after an eight-year stall needs to be done quickly. As importantly, the program also needs to be developed properly, particularly when it comes to offshore wind farm siting and minimizing fish and wildlife impacts.

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing people and wildlife. Wind energy can be a big step in the fight against climate change. But it must be developed and sited appropriately particularly as it relates fish and wildlife populations. New Jersey holds the prominent role as one of the top migration spots for birds in the world, notably our significant shorebird migration. We understand the frustration from other states and industry, anxious to move forward swiftly with wind projects, but in this instance “a stitch in time saves nine.”

Kelly Mooij

Trenton

NJ Audubon vice president of government relations

Trump tax reform helped increase gasoline prices

A major accomplishment of President Trump has been the deficit-generated tax reform. As middle class families start filling their SUVs and trucks with gas for their summer travels, they will become aware of a possible negative side of this starve-the-government policy. The price of oil has increased.

All I know is that when grocery shopping with my wife, I keep hearing people complain about rising prices.

Ed Dean

Somers Point

A.C. needs to repair potholes on main streets

Welcome to Atlantic City. What a great first impression.

One of Atlantic City’s deficits is the need to repair its main streets. Winter is behind us, Atlantic Avenue (from Boston to the Inlet), Ventnor Avenue (Albany to Jackson) and even Martin Luther King Boulevard (just to list a few) are full of potholes. The streets are dangerous to pedestrians, who can trip and fall, and vehicles that can be damaged and need costly repairs.

Companies such as the Hard Rock casino, Ocean Resort casino, South Jersey Gas and Stockton University are investing millions of dollars, yet the city is unable to even patch its streets.

In the past, the CRDA helped in the repaving of Pacific Avenue. What kind of provisions have been made to maintain the streets? The state has been overseeing the city’s budget and spending. People should care.

Atlantic City shouldn’t depict itself this way to the visitors and tourists. First impressions do count!

Demetris “Jim” Lambropoulos

Ventnor