The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) recently called for a moratorium on offshore wind development in the United States. The NCAI is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, representing over 250 tribes.
The NCAI’s call for a moratorium on offshore wind development comes as the industry is growing rapidly in the United States. Offshore wind projects are being proposed in multiple states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and Virginia.
The NCAI’s call for a moratorium is based on concerns about the potential impacts of offshore wind development on tribal communities. The NCAI argues that offshore wind development could have negative impacts on traditional fishing and subsistence activities, as well as cultural and spiritual practices. The NCAI also argues that offshore wind projects could impact the environment, including marine life, and that tribes should be consulted before any projects are approved.
The NCAI’s call for a moratorium is also based on the fact that many tribes are not adequately consulted in the development process. Tribes often lack the resources and capacity to effectively engage in the process, and they are often excluded from the decision-making process. The NCAI argues that tribes should be consulted and included in the decision-making process at every level.
The NCAI’s call for a moratorium is an important step in ensuring that tribal communities are adequately consulted and included in the development process. It is also an important step in ensuring that the potential impacts of offshore wind development are fully understood and addressed. The NCAI’s call for a moratorium should be taken seriously by state and federal governments, and all stakeholders involved in the development process.