Sunday, March 22, 2009

It was so predictable

I have an article in work discussing all the problems that will come up in rolling out Obama's green programs; specifically, renewable energy.  In it, I cited the Mojave desert tortoise as a potential obstacle to deploying solar power arrays.  Sure enough,  Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) did not disappoint.


Feinstein seeks block solar power from desert land

WASHINGTON — 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.

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.

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