Offshore wind farms have become integral to President Joe Biden’s version of the Green New Deal. The idea is that arrays of wind turbines would spin in the ocean breeze, creating carbon-free electricity and thus helping to combat climate change. The Blaze reports that offshore wind farms have an environmental impact that their proponents have yet to anticipate. “A new study has cast significant doubt on whether the White House’s plan and similar initiatives to tackle so-called climate change can be accomplished without creating some substantial negative environmental changes all their own. [tweet_embed]December 07, 2022[/tweet_embed] “In addition to impacting regional atmosphere, ‘multiple physical, biological, and chemical impacts on the marine system have been identified,’ all resultant of these ‘environmentally jus[t]’ solutions.” The peer-reviewed study, published in the Springer Nature journal Communications Earth & Environment “examined the impact of wind farms in the North Sea, which lies between Great Britain, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Since the sea is shallow and the wind in the region is stable, the North Sea is a ‘global hotspot for offshore wind energy’ and home to the world’s largest offshore wind farm.” [tweet_embed]December 07, 2022[/tweet_embed] The study concluded that wind farms could severely impact fish, seabirds, and other marine fauna populations. “Wind farms generate ‘an increase in sediment carbon in deeper areas of the southern North Sea ... and decreased dissolved oxygen inside an area with already low oxygen concentration." “The resultant changes in nutrient concentration could start ’a cause-effect chain that translates into changes in primary production and effectively alters the food chain." “For instance, ‘the estimated changes in organic sediment distribution and quantity could have an effect on the habitat quality for benthic species such as lesser sandeel ... and other benthic species that live in the sediments in the deeper areas of the southern North Sea.’” Previous studies have suggested that wind farms similarly affect marine life on the American East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Wind farms “have the potential to impact a wide range of marine life, including scallops, quahogs, clams, finfish, marine mammals and sea turtles.” While environmentalists have touted offshore wind farms as a carbon-free energy solution, the construction and maintenance of the facilities have a carbon footprint. Ships used to build and maintain offshore wind farms burn diesel fuel. The construction of the offshore wind farms involves “intrusive pile-driving, seismic profiling and trenching” that would “not only disturb fish larvae, increase noise levels, and cause sedimentation of the water, but also adversely impact mammals that rely on sound for predation, migration and communication.” In short, green wind energy is not so green after all.