Hywind Tampen: Can Imperfect Climate Solutions Still Be Exciting?

It's the world's largest floating offshore wind farm, but it's powering fossil fuel extraction. Is this a step in the right direction?

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What else should we put in the ocean?

Many climate solutions are extremely exciting, but none are perfect. All have their limitations, and Hywind Tampen — the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm — is a prime example. Owned by fossil fuel company Equinor, Hywind Tampen is used to power drilling operations in the North Sea. It will lead to more fossil fuel extraction and potentially some greenwashing, but it will also reduce carbon emissions from this project and potentially encourage fossil fuel companies to see the advantages of clean energy. So how should we react? After completing the Solutions Journalism Network’s Climate Beacon Newsroom Initiative, Ethan reflects on this question, exploring why covering limitations of solutions is important but why we can still get excited about imperfect baby steps in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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Writer: Ethan Brown, Velina Georgi, Mo Polyak, Emma Quarequio

Fact Checker: Alia Bonanno

Editor: Saige Gipson

Producers: Ethan Brown, Hallie Cordingley, Megan Antone

Ad Voiceover: Velina Georgi

Music: Brett Sawka

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