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‘Green’ Group Sues To Stop Solar Plant

From an irony proof Reuters:

Conservation group sues to stop California solar plant

By Nichola Groom Mon Jan 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. conversation group has sued the federal government over its approval of a major solar power plant in the California desert, the latest in a string of challenges to the nation’s renewable energy goals from the environmental community.

According to court papers, the non-profit Western Watersheds Project alleged U.S. regulators approved Brightsource Energy’s 370-megawatt Ivanpah solar energy plant without conducting adequate environmental reviews, and asked the court to order the defendants to withdraw their approvals.

This is almost enough to make us wonder if there might be something to solar power after all. Almost.

The complaint names the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and the Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the agencies’ heads and other staffers, as defendants…

The complaint said the project’s approval process failed to analyze and mitigate the Ivanpah plant’s impact on migratory birds, the desert tortoise, which is a threatened species under federal law, desert bighorn sheep, groundwater resources and rare plants.

Hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Or, rather, the snail darter.

Oakland, California-based Brightsource has taken measures to assuage environmentalists’ concerns about the project. In October, the privately held company reached a deal with litigious environmental group The Center for Biological Diversity to acquire thousands of acres of habitat for the desert tortoise and other rare species.

Reuters just called an esteemed environmental group "litigious." They must really be furious at these obstructionists who are blocking Mr. Obama’s vision.

Conflicts between solar proponents and foes are taking on growing importance as the renewable energy industry experiences a boom, particularly in California.

The conflicts have the potential to set back the development of solar energy and derail state and federal commitments to lessening dependence on fossil fuels.

Which, needless to say, is what the Obama administration is all about. Making us energy independent.

Last month, a group called La Cuna de Aztlan, which represents Native American groups such as the Chemehuevi and the Apache, filed a challenge in federal court to the federal government’s approval of six big solar plants — including Ivanpah

They probably wanted to put a casino on the same land.

Still, what a hoot.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “‘Green’ Group Sues To Stop Solar Plant”

  1. bill says:

    Nowhere near as stupid as Gov Crist and his hurricane proof solar power for Florida …

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Renewable” energy is a misnomer. I use the term derisively now. Such as, “A greeny’s stupidity is renewable.”

    If you covered the entire nation with solar panels, you would not be able to power the nation to the level we use it.

    If you planted every square inch of the nation with rows of corn, you would not be able to fuel all our vehicles.

    There is not a replacement for fossil fuels and there won’t be in the foreseeable future. But that won’t stop the greenies. They are as stupid as they are relentless. Somewhere in the seldom-visited corners of their minds is an alternate universe where the perpetual motion machine exists, along with time travel and Starfleet Academy.

    • Kytross says:

      I disagree. Nuclear Fission could EASILY & QUICKLY replace our dependence on fossil fuels. We’d still need fossil fuels for gasoline and transportation, but industrial and home power could quickly be replaced by nuclear power.

      Of course, the hippy-hippy liberals curse nuclear power, alas & alack

      Edit: And this is what happens when I don’t read all the comments before posting. Others have already made the same point. Sorry.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    This is too rich – the very greenie morons who have been screeding for decades about ‘clean’ energy are now blocking it! Way too rich for the irony meter this AM.

    In their definition – fossil fuels are also ‘renewable’ (definition ala wikipedia – are fuels formed by natural resources such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms. ) as the process that occurs to ‘make’ fossil fuels – is ongoing as we speak. . .

    They stopped nuclear in the 70s – they have halted most attempts to Drill Baby Drill Drill Here Drill Now (American oil, American EPA regulations, American Jobs, American Money/Income – but no bother the destruction of one of the most desolate places on earth is more important) and now that they have a socialist/eco-wacko enabler(s) in office – they are fighting him/them!

    How very rich – apparently they just want Humanity to f-off and die – Because when you start cutting all the access to energy – you start to plummet society backwards – which leads to more decline, more disease and more misery – so my cry will be the exact same to those who claim – more taxes are necessary to be ‘compassionate’ to the lazy do nothings who want to sit around b*tching about how little they have and it ain’t fair – YOU FIRST.

    It would make the World a better place – and in the civilized parts of the World their duplicitous stupidity is viewed as mental illness.

    It would be funny, if it weren’t destroying our great Nation bit by bit.

  4. proreason says:

    Of course.

    It’s isn’t about energy, or even renewable energy.

    It’s about their ability to control your life. Always has been, always will be.

    And just a quick reminder. There was a time that the environmental “movement” was by people who genuinely were concerned about the environment. All of that stopped in the early 90’s when it became a front for marxism, particularly ex-communists who needed a new con to trick the rubes after Soviet Russia disintegrated. Within a few years every “green” organization was led by ex-communists.

    • River0 says:

      Exactly, proreason. In the late ’90’s, the EPA built a huge facility in downtown Sacramento, California, and it was designed from the ground up to be squeaky clean, environmentally perfect, pure as the driven snow unpolluted. Within months of its opening, employees complained of headaches, stomach aches dizziness…. you name it. Every malady in the book. A huge majority of these people are mentally disturbed, and they’re projecting their own mental disturbance outward onto everyone and everything else.

    • proreason says:

      One of the Greenspeace founders is now a rational environmentalist. In this article he talks about his rejection of extremism:

      “The collapse of world communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall during the 1980s added to the trend toward extremism. The Cold War was over and the peace movement was largely disbanded. The peace movement had been mainly Western-based and anti-American in its leanings. Many of its members moved into the environmental movement, bringing with them their neo-Marxist, far-left agendas. To a considerable extent the environmental movement was hijacked by political and social activists who learned to use green language to cloak agendas that had more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalization than with science or ecology. I remember visiting our Toronto office in 1985 and being surprised at how many of the new recruits were sporting army fatigues and red berets in support of the Sandinistas.

      I don’t blame them for seizing the opportunity. There was a lot of power in our movement and they saw how it could be turned to serve their agendas of revolutionary change and class struggle. But I differed with them because they were extremists who confused the issues and the public about the nature of our environment and our place in it. To this day they use the word industry as if it were a swear word. The same goes for multinational, chemical, genetic, corporate, globalization, and a host of other perfectly useful terms. Their propaganda campaign is aimed at promoting an ideology that I believe would be extremely damaging to both civilization and the environment. ”

      Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/food/newsletter-signup/Confessions+Greenpeace+founder/4073767/story.html?id=4073767#ixzz1BPWsDUbH

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Bakken
    Weld County
    Nucla, Colorado

    Cookies to those who know what I mean

    • mr_bill says:

      I’ve spent some time Rockin’ the Bakken. I enjoyed it there: small towns, fairly conservative people. If my situation were different, I’d be on my way back right now.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Yessir – Weld County, Colorado is going to be even bigger and Nucla Colorado has reopened its legendary uranium mines

    • mr_bill says:

      I cut my teeth on a potash play in the San Juan basin not too far southwest of Nucla. Yellowcake was out of favor at the time but I understand that they were working to get things going at the plant again. That was west of Dove Creek, over the state line near Monticello.

  6. Astravogel says:

    Buncha Neo-Luddites looking for funding…

  7. untrainable says:

    Solar power kills migratory birds and desert turtles. Windmills kill birds and annoy the neighbors. Nuclear power kills EVERYTHING. I recall a wonderful Nancy Pelosi comment. Forgive my paraphrase : ” We need to get off of fossil fuels. We should be looking into natural gas” Derp!

    It has always nagged at me that they want to “replace fossil fuels”. The first step is obviously to stop using fossil fuels. The second step is to invent a new energy source. And in the meantime, if we can’t get Mr Scott down here with a tiny little cold-fusion reactor, we can power the liberal utopia with methane from unicorn crap and butterfly farts.

    Remember when we killed all the horses because we knew that someone was eventually going to invent the automobile? Yeah, I don’t either.

  8. canary says:

    It was the Green Groupies who opposed the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. It would disturb mother nature.
    Would if a male bug got separated from a female bug, and couldn’t reproduce. Would if little creatures needed to get to one side or the other.

  9. BigOil says:

    There is an easy solution to this dilemma. Move the solar field to central California. Since the liberals have already killed every living thing in the valley to save a few smelt, it is now prime real estate for solar panels.


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