Target: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Goal: Commend Japan for construction of floating wind turbines
Japan has begun construction on floating wind turbines off the coast of their nation in an effort towards renewable energy. The wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power 1,700 homes, and the Japanese hope that the project will have generated one gigawatt of electricity from 140 wind turbines by 2020.
The move towards wind power comes after the much publicized leak in the Fukashima nuclear power plant. With radiation leaking into the planet’s oceans, the nation is scrambling to stop the leak while also looking for innovative and safer ways to generate power. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that the fate of his nation’s energy supply rests with wind power. While the nation lags behind in the wind turbine industry, Japan has an abundance of the resource, whose coastline far exceeds that of the United States. The Japanese government will be paying $22 million to build the first three turbines off the coast of Fukashima. Once construction has finished, a conglomerate of 11 companies like Hitachi, Mitsubishi, and Shimizu will help to commercialize the project.
Because wind turbines are not mounted directly into the seabed but rather on floating platforms, it enables the turbines to generate more power. It also allows the platform some freedom of movement, catching stronger breezes in different areas off the coastline. By harnessing the power of wind in deeper waters, the wind turbines could generate more than eight times the amount of power of all of Japan’s power companies combined.
With rising costs of oil and gas in the region, it is imperative that Japan begin construction on some sort of renewable energy resource. While constructing wind turbines could prove to be expensive, they do not pollute the ocean’s waters. Japan needs to continue with this line of innovation; commend the nation for advancing towards renewable energy.
Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
I would like to thank you for your efforts towards constructing wind turbines off the coast of your nation. Considering the severity of the leaks at Fuskushima, I am thankful that your nation is turning towards renewable energy to power your homes and other structures. I understand that this project is costing your nation a fortune but please understand that it is necessary for the longevity of the planet. While nuclear power does generate vast quantities of electricity, it is also extremely dangerous for all life on the planet.
Many scientists believe that the future of the planet’s energy resources depend upon wind power. I hope that you will consider their words and continue finding and funding innovative resources. Oil and gas can only supply so much for the human race.
[Your Name Here]
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