Shore-power for cruise ships is feasible

January 29, 2011

Ms. Katie Zimmerman

Coastal Conservation League

P.O. Box 1765

Charleston, SC 29402

Dear Ms. Zimmerman,

I enjoyed your presentation on cruise ships a few weeks back at the Charleston Surfrider Foundation chapter meeting. Although the main focus of that presentation pertained to discharge from cruise ships visiting Charleston, the issue of dockside energy use also piqued my interest. Specifically, I was curious to determine how much energy is consumed by cruise ships and the subsequent shore power requirements to terminate their practice of burning fuel oil while in port.

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No to offshore drilling, yes to alternatives

July 20, 2010

Ms. Toni Reale

Coastal Program Coordinator

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Charleston, SC 29412

Dear Ms. Reale,

I would like to thank you again for the opportunity to speak at the 26 June action event for “Hands Across the Sand” as well as follow-up on some of the points that I made during my speech, notably related to alternative solutions to offshore drilling. The information provided in this letter supersedes my comments about drilling alternatives on 26 June.

In order to have an intelligent discussion on alternative solutions to offshore drilling we must appreciate how much energy offshore drilling would provide, how long it would last with our current consumption patterns and how much it would cost to acquire that energy. For the purpose of this letter I will only address the supply of natural gas and petroleum on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (AOCS) that stretches from central Florida to Maine.

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