Sunday, September 24, 2023

Clean Ocean Action and Oil Don’t Mix

By Cindy Zipf, Long Branch

To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor by Bruce Allen makes false claims about Clean Ocean Action (COA).

First, COA has no affiliation with the Caesar Rodney Institute, nor is it funded by the fossil fuel industry, nor did USA Today make such a claim. Actually, over the last 40 years, COA has led campaigns with thousands of Jersey Shore citizens and visitors, as well as a unified bipartisan network of local, state, and federal elected officials, to block, stop, prevent, and derail all offshore fossil fuel projects, which is why there are no oil rigs off the Jersey Shore today. Moreover, the so-called facts recited by Allen are not from any COA documents.   

For the record, I note one fact that is often overlooked. Most of the offshore wind power companies off the Jersey Shore are owned by the fossil fuel industry, including BP, Equinor (aka Statoil), Shell, and Orsted, which sells coal.


Long Branch

ED. NOTE: The author is executive director of Clean Ocean Action.

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