Re: "Scientists say turbines would put whales at risk," Nov. 14.
The outrage and condemnation by scientists at SRM Project's proposal to investigate putting tidal turbines in Blackney Passage may be a knee-jerk reaction about the endangerment of whales and dolphins.
Tidal turbines have a variety of designs. Some look like a revolving door, a scaled-down version of wind turbines, a larger version of pushmower blades, and even sea kites attached to turbines on the ocean floor.
These and others are being tested throughout the world's coasts as a source of clean, sustainable alternative energy.
What is more acceptable: Alberta's oil-sands "dilbit" brought by the Enbridge or Kinder Morgan pipelines to B.C.'s coast, then transported by supertankers that endanger both the land and marine environments to produce fossil fuels that contribute to global warming? Or creating clean electrical energy by use of tidal turbine technology that brings needed electricity to B.C.'s northwest, without forest clearing for large transmission towers and lines, preventing the need to build a Site C dam for $8 billion, and allowing Vancouver Island to become electrically independent from the mainland?
Maybe this project needs further study by SRM in consultation with marine scientists as to the placement and mitigation of turbine design vibration, but such a source of clean technology, and its possible manufacture here in B.C., should not be easily discounted. Consider the alternatives.
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