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Environmental group claims offshore wind farms trump drilling

A new report from Oceana, an environmental advocacy group, claims that installing offshore wind farms along the Atlantic coast would be more economically productive and energy efficient than the oil industry's drilling proposals.

"Wind could create more than twice as many jobs, and in 20 years, it could produce more than twice the energy," as offshore drilling, the report states.

Industry advocates at the American Petroleum Institute disagree, citing a study by Quest Offshore Resources that claims drilling would create 280,000 jobs and $50 billion in revenue.

"Independent experts know it will take an all-of-the-above approach to meet the growing energy needs of American families and businesses," the API said in a statement provided to NBC News.