How many times have I and others written about the enviroweenie/climate astrologer groups saying they believe in “green” energy but then protest and sue to stop actual construction? Here’s another (via A View From The Beach)
(Power Mag) 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.”
Wait, I thought solar farms would be super mega awesome for the environment? Are these groups saying that they are actually bad for the environment?
“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.
“The Administration is opting to needlessly turn multiple-use public lands into permanent industrial zones.” said Janine Blaeloch of the Seattle-based Western Lands Project. “Solar development belongs on rooftops, parking lots, already-developed areas, and on degraded sites, not our public lands.”
Why, yes, yes they are saying that solar farms are bad for the environment. Hmph.
Of course, if they were built in those “other zones” the same groups, or some other enviroweenie group, would complain and sue.