Saturday, March 21, 2009

Feinstein: Don't Spoil Our California Desert With Solar Panels

So let's see. Feinstein is opposed to drilling off of California's coastline, or any U.S. coastline for that matter. She's opposed to drilling in ANWAR. She wants to shove cap and trade down our throats. She says we've got to replace oil and coal with renewable energy such as Wind and Solar. But, when it comes to the location of solar panels, she doesn't want any in her California desert. Is she going to take the same stand with Wind Turbines?

from Fox News
March 21, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- California's Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy.

Nineteen companies have submitted applications to build solar or wind facilities on a parcel of 500,000 desert acres, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Friday such development would violate the spirit of what conservationists had intended when they donated much of the land to the public.

Feinstein said Friday she intends to push legislation that would turn the land into a national monument, which would allow for existing uses to continue while preventing future development.
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