Monday, September 21, 2009

California Says NO To Solar Power

California is not going to build a thermal solar plant in the desert. It seems the "environmentalists" are against it. You know. The usual. It is unnatural.

A proposed solar energy project in the California desert that caused intense friction between environmentalists and the developers of renewable energy has been shelved.

BrightSource Energy Inc. had planned a 5,130-acre solar power farm in a remote part of the Mojave Desert, on land previously intended for conservation. The company, based in Oakland, Calif., said Thursday that it was instead seeking an alternative site for the project.

The Wildlands Conservancy, a California environmental group, had tried to block the solar development, as had Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who proposed that the area become a national monument.

The land was donated by Wildlands to the Interior Department during the Clinton administration, with assurances from President Bill Clinton himself, the group says, that it would be protected in perpetuity. But the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a Bush administration initiative, opened the land to the development of solar projects.
I think this is just another example of the Cloward-Piven strategy at work. Create a crisis and then put the government in charge of "fixing" the problem. You have to wonder why Californians are such suckers for this strategy, given that the State is bankrupt.

H/T Watts Up With That


LarryD said...

Given that the land was donated for conservation, this is one of those rare occasions I agree with the enviros, without reservations.

IIRC, there is a solar farm completed that can't get transmission lines built because of enviros, and I forget which MoC.

And there is the offshore wind farm Kennedy et al blocked.

And if the prarie chicken gets listed, that'll block a lot of wind farms in the Midwest.

Anyone keeping a list of all the "renewable" projects that are being blocked, directly on indirectly, by environmentalists?

M. Simon said...


Sounds like you have your work cut out for you.

I'll publish it if you write it.