Saturday, July 26, 2008


WWGD: What would Gore do?

I suspect that Al's number one priority is for the rest of us to decrease our consumption of energy. If so, maybe this makes him smile on the inside. For everyone else, including earnest environmentalists (vs. mere conservationists), this is hilarious...

From Dan Frosch in the NYT (hat tip: Neal Boortz), news that the federal government will limit solar energy development for the next two years-- to study it more...

Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years.

The Bureau of Land Management says an extensive environmental study is needed to determine how large solar plants might affect millions of acres it oversees in six Western states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

But the decision to freeze new solar proposals temporarily, reached late last month, has caused widespread concern in the alternative-energy industry, as fledgling solar companies must wait to see if they can realize their hopes of harnessing power from swaths of sun-baked public land, just as the demand for viable alternative energy is accelerating.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” said Holly Gordon, vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs for Ausra, a solar thermal energy company in Palo Alto, Calif. “The Bureau of Land Management land has some of the best solar resources in the world. This could completely stunt the growth of the industry.”

Holly is, apparently, unfamiliar with how government often works!


At July 26, 2008 at 11:44 PM , Blogger William Lang said...

Actually, the BLM has already backed off: U.S. Lifts Moratorium on New Solar Projects (NY Times, July 3, 2008).

At July 27, 2008 at 12:09 AM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

Thanks for the (welcome) update!


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