Sen. Feinstein Fights Against Solar and Wind Farms in Desert

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Environmentalists don’t know whether to applaud or scream at U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) proposal to create two new national monuments in the Mojave Desert. On the one hand, the legislation would preserve a million acres of desert terrain and prevent any kind of commercial development on the land. But that restriction would also include nixing more than a dozen solar power projects which California wants as part of its long-term renewable energy goals. In fact, backers of some of the solar farms are already giving up on their plans just from the mere introduction of Feinstein’s bill.

Feinstein says her proposal follows on an earlier commitment to preserve large swaths of the Mojave that were owned by the Catellus Development Corporation. “The Catellus lands were purchased with nearly $45 million in private funds and $18 million in federal funds and donated to the federal government for the purpose of conservation, and that commitment must be upheld. Period,” Feinstein said in a statement.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Desert Vistas vs. Solar Power (by Todd Woody, New York Times)
Can Solar Power Hurt the Environment? (by Jackie Gallegos and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)


Billy 14 years ago
Because she and hubby didn't figure out a way to make a profit from it like they did the war?

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