Tidal Power: the two cultures

In Nova Scotia, the dismissive approach that tidal power industry has taken towards to environmental concerns has generated far more push back than electric power.

One can understand this phenomenon in several ways. Turbine manufacturers and in-stream tidal electricity developers operate on a global scale. Most of the development work has been done in Europe and the USA. Nova Scotia may have the highest tides, but the tidal industry here is a bit player in the global scene. Some European countries welcome OpenHydro turbines without any requirement for environmental monitoring. So what's different in Nova Scotia from Europe?

Many generations have passed since the Europeans reduced their marine life to a rump of what it once was. This is to be expected. Europe was the first industrialized region to become overpopulated. Spilling out of crowded Europe, Europeans infested most of the rest of the planet many generations ago. In all of Europe, there is not even a glimmer of understanding of the splendor of a marine ecosystem in a natural state.

In Nova Scotia (Canada in general) marine ecology has been reduced to a rump only within the last few generations. Most Canadians (many of which recently arrived from the ecologically impoverished Middle East and Europe) are as clueless as the Europeans. Nevertheless, there are a significant minority who can remember better. And they remember, bitterly, the primary role that Europeans played in destroying local fisheries.

That is one reason why the attitudes towards tidal turbines are different in Nova Scotia from what they are in Europe.