24 March 2009

Green Gestapo Blocks Green Energy on West Coast

Desolate Expanse of Land To Be Saved From Evil Solar Panels

Here's a few examples that highlight the problem with the modern environmental movement. They raise a ruckus about fossil fuel plants choking up their precious Gaia, and then when some savvy entrepreneurs want to construct alternative energy solutions, they shit all over them too. It wouldn't be such a problem if these Birkenstocked totalitarians didn't have the ability to hold up construction for years in the courts while they drag ass making environmental impact studies, but they do, and liberal politicians buy into this farce hook, line, and sinker.

The latest bit of anti-civilization extremism comes from California, where solar panel construction in the Mojave Desert is being held up because of some tortoises. I've been to the desert in California many times, and besides the occasional meth addict and abadoned mine, there's really not too much there. But that hasn't stopped Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) from blocking green energy production. From FOX:
Feinstein said Friday she intends to push legislation that would turn the land into a national monument, which would allow for existing uses to continue while preventing future development.

The Wildlands Conservancy orchestrated the government's purchase of the land between 1999-2004. It negotiated a discount sale from the real estate arm of the former Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroad and then contributed $40 million to help pay for the purchase. David Myers, the conservancy's executive director, said the solar projects would do great harm to the region's desert tortoise population.

"It would destroy the entire Mojave Desert ecosystem," said David Myers, executive director of The Wildlands Conservancy.
With wind turbine construction being blocked in Oregon because of threats to the "sage grouse" population and being blocked in Washington because "people don't like to look at them", it's becoming increasingly clear that hardline greenies want us to either live in the good ole' days of the stone age or just get wiped off the planet all together.

A rare moment of wisdom came from Gov. Schwarzenegger when he was quoted in the Fox article with:
"If we cannot put solar power plants in the Mojave desert, I don't know where the hell we can put it," Schwarzenegger said at Yale University.
I would suggest to the Governor that they put some solar panels out in the old Nevada nuke testing sites, but there would probably be opposition from special interest groups about encroaching on the cannibalistic mutants that dwell in the area.


Contractor Dude said...

One of your best posts.

Nixon said...

Maybe they'll move all the green energy production sites to your homeland of Utah?

subrookie said...

Just about ever appeal I've seen in the past 10 years from an environmental group has been related to making sure they continue to be relevant. As non-profits they are almost entirely dependent on donations.

I've personally been in negotiations with these groups on projects....well similar to the wind farms mentioned above, where they flat told me that this was not the fight they wanted to fight, but because a bunch of their donors were pissed they fought it.

It's a loser PR wise, if they want to fight solar power because of turtles, wind because of bats, or hydro because of salmon fight on, just don't expect everyone to take you seriously.

Sue said...

Well said - these same sorts of issues have delayed offshore wind development off the coast of Massachusetts (Cape Wind)...project was proposed 7 or 8 years ago but the ecology/habitat conservation greenies keep kicking up a stink which has contributed big time to delaying any progress in getting wind turbines sited. Oh...also Senator Kennedy doesn't want turbines blocking his precious view from his precious compound off Nantucket sound :-p

rayanne said...

How dare that Feinstein do something to make me agree the Governor! She needs to go!
National monument? Implying the possibility of tourists? I don't even go to Death Valley or Joshua tree, it's HOT out there.

olgreydog7 said...

The tires on my Uhaul trailer literally melted out there on my way to Texas. This is just more "not in my backyard" crap. Hippies are dumb.

Sue said...