California's Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy.I THINK THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE UTTERLY CONFUSED NATURE OF THE LEFT AND THEIR IMAGINARY BOGEYMEN:
Nineteen companies have submitted applications to build solar or wind facilities on a parcel of 500,000 desert acres, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Friday such development would violate the spirit of what conservationists had intended when they donated much of the land to the public.
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.
- ON THE ONE HAND, THEY WANT US TO GET ENERGY IN A CO2 NEUTRAL WAY (AS OF CO2 WEREN'T NON-TOXIC!);
- ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY IMAGINE THAT PLACES LIKE A DESERT ARE PRISTINE AND WOULD BE RUINED IF WE ALLOWED ANY HUMAN ACTIVITY TO BE CENTERED THERE.
PROTECTING THE DESERT IN CALIFORNIA IS AS IDIOTIC AS PROTECTING ANWR.
PROTECTING THIS CALIFORNIA DESERT IS AS IDIOTIC AS BANNING OIL-DRILLING OF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA.
THESE POLICIES ACTUALLY DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD:
- SINCE THE MENACE THEY SEEK TO PROTECT US FROM IS A PHANTOM OF THEIR IMAGINATION, THESE BANS DO ABSOLUTELY NO GOOD.