Valin Posted October 13, 2012 Share Posted October 13, 2012 Hot Air: Erika Johnsen 10/13/12 Well, that’s a relief! Even while the Obama administration continues to dither about finishing those environmental reviews on ostensible-but-still-elusive proof of groundwater contamination from fracking,; and continues to deny oil and gas companies access to America’s own wildly abundant resources; and owns over a third of the United States’ surface area which puts the land to less productive uses than private property owners and businesses could and more often than not engenders environmental degradation while costing American taxpayers a heap; at least we can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that the Department of Interior, in what I’m sure is their completely dispassionate and enlightened wisdom, has recently expended their bureaucratic energies on finalizing a program to quickly review-and-greenlight solar energy projects on public lands across the Western states. From The Hill: The Interior Department set aside about 285,000 acres for commercial-scale solar in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The federal government will offer incentives for development, help facilitate access to existing or planned electric infrastructure and ease the permitting process in the 17 zones.(Snip) Who cares that the government’s dabbling in solar and green energy has produced myriad failures at taxpayer expense; that even some environmentalist groups think this could be a bad idea that will mess up pristine and fragile areas and actually cause a greater carbon release that it purports to save; and that solar power has demonstrated no real propensity to cheaply and efficiently provide mass energy while fitting into our infrastructure. (Snip) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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