It seems all environmentalists want to talk about is “renewable energy,” but when one of their ideas is finally put into place, it’s both inefficient and harmful to the environment. Now, environmental groups are suing the Obama administration over solar power zones on Federal lands, saying that they are damaging to the environment and too costly.
from Power Magazine:
A legal battle is brewing between the Department of the Interior (DOI) and three public-interest environmental groups that claim the government failed to consider degraded lands for the siting of “destructive” utility-scale solar plants, and that it focused instead on millions of acres of public land when it established solar energy zones in six southwestern states.
A complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Tuesday by the Western Lands Project, Desert Protective Council, and Western Watersheds Project says the government’s analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) “ignored alternative approaches that would be less damaging to the environment, more efficient, and less costly to taxpayers and ratepayers.”
The DOI in October 2012 finalized its Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), establishing an initial set of 17 solar energy zones totaling about 285,000 acres of public lands that would serve as priority areas for commercial-scale solar development. It essentially provides a blueprint for utility-scale solar energy permitting for solar power projects on public lands in six western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
According to the groups, as of mid-January, 11 solar projects had been approved on 41,350 acres of public land. The projects range from 516 to 7,025 acres, with the average power plant exceeding 3,700 acres. About 87 proposals are pending, meanwhile, covering a total of 670,599 acres of public land.
“Massive solar power plants will have irreversible, essentially permanent, impacts. The [Bureau of Land Management (BLM)] admits that ecological recovery after solar plants are decommissioned, if even possible, could take 3,000 years,” the groups said.
Next they’ll say wind energy is the only way to go, until they realize that wind turbines kill golden eagles and other bird species and that wind farms can actually increase the temperature of a climate.
No, environmental groups won’t be satisfied until we all live in mud huts eating grass and grubs.