Offshore drilling has been becoming more and more popular since the 1970’s when American oil wells hit their peak production levels. Since our oil wells began to run dry, oil companies searched for-and found-vast offshore wells. Problem is, it’s awfully deep underwater, not to mention underground below the water, so extraction is difficult and dangerous. After Battling the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill-we need change.
That’s where wind power comes into the picture. Offshore drilling is simply replaced by an infinite supply of power-the wind. And the potential for it is huge. According to the Energy Policy Institute, the potential for wind power supplying the grid is 22 times greater than our current demand. To me that number is staggering and seems like such a waste. Here’s a grid to show potential to consumption from the Earth Policy Institute.
Worst of all, other countries have plenty of wind power potential too and they already know it, putting them far ahead of the game. Europe dominates the offshore wind power game, with plans already in the work in the Netherlands for thousands of wind farms, adding to their already powerful array of offshore free power. Mean while, China and Japan have begun developing wind power grids, both on and offshore.
While the rest of the world is starting to get the big picture, Americas wind farms are tiny specs on the map of our overall consumption rates. Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, North Dakota, North Carolina and Arizona are all beginning to pass initiatives through congress and local utility companies that will allow both on and offshore wind farms to sprout up in the desserts and oceans of our country.
A lot of work must be done and the government must be willing to participate in wind farm initiatives or these plans for free and infinite power supplies will be doomed to extinction-just like the dinosaurs that made the oil in the first place.