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State-Funded Wind Turbines Training Facility Opens at Massachusetts Maritime Academy

October 25, 2019

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne has launched a training facility on its campus for building offshore wind turbines with about $1.73 million in grants from the state and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

The training platform at the end of a pier on the Cape Cod Canal includes rails and ladders descending into the water designed to help train cadets at the academy as well as current professional welders, divers, and electricians, according to The Cape Cod Times.

Organizers say the United States currently lacks qualified workers to build projects such as the proposed Vineyard Wind, which would consist of a series of wind turbines designed to generate electricity that are built in the ocean about 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

“Build it and they will come. That’s what this is all about,” U.S. Representative William Keating (D-Bourne) said during the event Thursday, October 24, according to The Cape Cod Times.

Supporters of wind turbines say they will provide electricity needed to provide power for homes and businesses without relying on oil, natural gas, or coal, so-called fossil fuels that supporters of alternative energy say pollute the atmosphere and lead to climate change, which they say is harmful.

Critics of wind turbines say they will disturb the ocean environment and may harm fishing and possibly adversely affect birds and endangered whales. They also note that wind turbines would not be built without large government subsidies and tax incentives because they are not currently projected to pay for themselves with the amount of electricity they are likely to generate.

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