This from Reuters: Exclusive: Sierra Club sues over California solar plant. Hat tip: DirkH.
These guys don’t even know what they want. They’re against everything – and now even the things they once said would save the planet – like windmills, solar panels and crops for bio-diesel.
The report starts as follows (emphasis added):
A leading environmental advocacy group is suing the state of California’s Energy Commission over its approval of a giant solar plant, underscoring the growing challenge to the nation’s renewable-energy goals from within the environmental community.”
I suspect it’s because they have come to learn that these things are in reality ugly, dangerous, inefficient, expensive, and will end up doing real damage to wildlife, environment and landscape.
Now all we have to do is to get them to realize that CO2 is nowhere near as bad as they think, and that it actually makes the planet greener. That’ll take probably another 10 years to do, or a full-blown ice age.
Not only environmentalists are protesting the construction of solar plants, but regular folks and landowners have already had real success. Reuters:
In December, the Quechan Indian tribe won an injunction blocking construction of the Imperial Valley solar project, under development near California’s border with Mexico by NTR’s Tessera Solar.
The Calico plant was also under development by Tessera until the company sold the plant last month to K Road Sun, a subsidiary of New York investment firm K Road Power. Tessera has been struggling to find funding for its plants, which cost about $2 billion.
With the huge areas of land needed and overall opposition, it’s getting more and more difficult to find investors. These projects are turning into hot potatoes.