Saturday, March 21, 2009

Democrats love renewable energy, right? Wrong.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is seeking to block development of a solar energy facility in the Mojave Desert. Why? It would harm the aesthetics of the desert and the habitat of some tortoises that live there.
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.
This is why Democrats cannot and will not get anything done when it comes to energy policy...they're too worried about pandering to competing constituencies. Just wait until someone tries to build a massive wind turbine'll see the same thing. It's already happened when an off-shore wind farm was proposed off the Massachusetts coast. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) blocked it on aesthetic grounds.

Instead, we'll spend the next few years with Democrats controlling the legislative and executive branches, and there will be NO solar energy development, NO wind energy development, NO new nuclear plants, and there will DAMN sure be NO drilling for new fossil fuels. We'll just sit back and watch what little remains of our nation's wealth be transferred to countries who hate us but love our oil money.

The Democrats are blithering idiots and we can't afford them.

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