During a recent speech in North Carolina, Donald Trump blamed offshore wind farms for the rise in whale deaths.
Trump made the remarks about offshore wind’s possible link to the surge in baleen whale deaths along the East Coast during a campaign speech delivered at Sportsman Boats in Summerville, South Carolina, a town in the state’s “lowcountry” that relies heavily on boating for recreational and economic activity. He made the comment after ripping the Biden administration’s efforts to impose low-speed zones in large swaths of coastal Atlantic waters, a policy which advocates say will help protect whales from vessel strikes.
“You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than hitting a whale with your boat,” Trump said. “There has only been, listen to this, one such whale killed off the coast of South Carolina in the last 50 years, but on the other hand, [Biden-supported] windmills are causing whales to die in numbers never seen before. Nobody does anything about that.”
Fox News seems to agree and publishes such, see YouTube 26K views.
I am skeptical about this. For one, the population of whales has increased markedly in recent years (particularly hump-backed whales) due to conservation efforts and legislation; thus, I suggest, more dead whales will turn up than previously.
Is there any statistical evidence to support Donald Trump's assertions ?