Seeing Is Believing, Sorta

Check out these two visuals that highlight some hot button issues when it comes to offshore wind farms:

Visual #1

Filmed in Denmark, this footage may be boring in its simplicity but it captures what some hope to see in American waters. With no music to overpower the ruffling of the sails and the lapping of the waves, the film has a simple, natural quality. The frame highlights three main images: two boats coasting between the various turbines, the turbines themselves, and passengers observing wind energy at work. The audience is never shown where the boat and wind farm are in relation to land.

The film appears on the Cape Wind homepage along with a handful of other “pro-wind” clips (including a series of video interviews with residents of the Danish town of Blavand, which lies close to the Horns Rev offshore wind farm). As such, it’s not surprising that the footage highlights the beauty, elegance, and, above all, unobtrusive efficiency of ocean wind turbines.

Visual #2

This graphic accompanied the October 19th, 2008, article “Company floats idea of Pacific Ocean wind power” both in The Oregonian’s online and print versions. The central piece illustrates the featured technology of Principle Power. To the right, an inset map shows the average wind speeds along the Oregon Coast. Finally, at the bottom is a graphic titled “What they might look like,” which directly tackles a common question often asked of offshore wind projects: will the turbines ruin my view?

The Oregonian most likely featured these images to address readers’ questions. However, the newspaper credits the main, central image to Principle Power while the bottom “What they might look like” piece comes from Garden State Offshore Energy, a proposed 350 megawatt wind farm off the coast of South New Jersey. Both sites are pro-wind organizations that most likely created these images to gain support for their personal ventures.

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