Michael Mann has drawn attention to climate change as the most threatening challenge that humanity has ever faced. He has done this at the scientific level — through his cutting-edge research, publications, and presentations — as well as at the more general level, through his talks, enlightening media interviews, and his books. His leadership has been acknowledged through countless awards that have expressed appreciation for how he has moved forward our planetary-level discussion of this gigantic problem that we all face.
He recently pointed out the importance of opening up the offshore wind resource that we have available, blowing steadily and strongly over our Great Lakes. Here is his statement of support for the Icebreaker Project, which is aimed at installing six turbines, about eight miles offshore from Cleveland:
“The wind blowing across the Great Lakes of North America is an as-yet unused source of clean renewable energy. In Cleveland, Ohio it is great to see that a citizen initiative is transforming this potential into a growing reality. The Icebreaker Project has an excellent chance of being the first of many offshore wind power installations on the Great Lakes. These will result not only in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but also in a big increase in job-creating manufacturing centers throughout the region.
I congratulate Windustrious Cleveland for its role in bringing this project into existence. May its success help others in their efforts to turn to clean natural resources for all of our energy needs. Our country has always celebrated citizen action, and the existential threat we face from climate change demands that we all raise our voices ever more strongly.”