Statue of Liberty to hold wind turbine

In a surprise move, New York Governor David Paterson and President Barack Obama announced plans to install a wind turbine at the site of the torch held by the Statue of Liberty.

In a statement, President Obama said, “this enduring symbol of liberty will be reborn as a symbol not only of human freedom, but also of our independence from foreign sources of energy.” The announcement comes on the heels of the President’s decision to open swaths of the Atlantic and Alaskan coastlines to domestic oil drilling.

David Paterson echoed the sentiment, indicating in prepared remarks that  “New Yorkers can be proud that we are taking energy matters into our own hands, and placing them in the hand of Lady Liberty.”

An artist’s rendering of the plan is below. SOL image used with Creative Commons license. [ / CC BY 2.0]

More information on the announcement is here.

Statute of Liberty with wind turbine

Statute of Liberty with wind turbine. Artist's rendering.