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Letter: Region should embrace wave motion technology

Region should embrace wave motion technology

I attended the People’s Climate March on April 29 that was organized by the Western New York Peace Center. Whether one thinks global warming is real or a conspiracy hatched by evil scientists, environmental issues affect us all.

A number of speakers addressed the crowd. Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist Michael Mann affirmed the need for fact-based civic discourse. Bill Nowak, director of the New York Geothermal Energy Organization, spoke of energy-saving measures available to homeowners, and signatures in support of the Sierra Club-endorsed electric bus program were collected. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, talked about the need to finish the EPA’s Great Lakes revitalization plan. He also brought up our renewable energy heritage: Niagara Falls and the New York Power Authority.

Afterward, I asked Higgins for his thoughts on the potential of wave motion technology in the area. To my surprise, he was not familiar with it. Wavestar, a Danish firm, has developed flotillas that, when positioned off the coast, capture and convert the motion of waves into electricity, which is then fed into the grid or stored for later use. Such technology fits perfectly with our region’s tradition of clean energy production.

Such flotillas could help break our addiction to fossil fuels. Why is there not a pilot program already in place? Until there is, we are wasting our best natural resource. I call upon our elected officials and business leaders to pursue and implement such technology. Our kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids will thank us for it.

Terence Kumpf


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