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Environmental Groups Rally Support For Offshore Wind In Ocean City

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By Bryan Russo

Of 43 offshore wind turbine parks around the world, there aren't any in the United States. Environmental groups are trying to rally support for one off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland.

The $1.6 billion project is still at least several years away, and the nearly 100 people who packed into a town hall meeting Thursday seemed to have lots of questions about it.

How visible would the turbines be from beach chairs? And would the 135,000 homes that could be powered have blackouts when the wind dies down?

Local resident Karl Johnson is all for it.

"I think we should be developing all the power we can that doesn't make CO2. They do it in Europe, why not do it here?," asks Johnson.

Still, some folks cant get by the idea of seeing turbines on the horizon, even if they look like specs, 10 miles offshore.

Mary Guillomo is one of them.

"It's ruining the environment in the process of trying to save it. It's visible and I don't care what they say about toothpick size or whatever," says Guillomo.

Guillomo says she's afraid the turbines would hurt tourism.

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