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There's a storm brewing the Mojave Desert -- environmentalists are fighting green power advocates to block construction of 13 alternative energy projects.  (Source: New Cover Magazine)

Led by Senator Dianne Feinstein, environmentalists have succeeded in essentially killing the projects, before the bill to protect the land has even passed.  (Source: Fox News)
Senator is concerned that the plants would damage wildlife

The alternative energy, battery, and alternative fuels movement has been largely guided and advocated by environmentalists over the last couple decades.  However, another important guiding force are those who merely want to improve efficiency and move us, for economic reasons, from depletable resources to sustainable ones.

As the greentech movement gains traction, those forces are finding themselves clashing more often, and some environmentalists are finding it hard to reconcile their loves of green technology and the environment.  A prime example of this is a brewing solar power mess in California.

The Mojave Desert is located in southeastern and central California, as well as Nevada.  The desert is home to Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park.  The region also receives a tremendous amount of sunlight and wind, so California, in its push to embrace alternative power approved multiple projects to be built in the desert.

Now thanks to Senator Dianne Feinstein, 13 solar and wind projects in the region may see their hopes dashed.  She has authored a bill which seeks to block the projects, which she says is critical to protect millions of acres of land.  The bill would also create two new Mojave national monuments.

Even before the bill sees a single vote, it's already ruined many of the projects.  Many of them have been delayed indefinitely, and the Californian government has changed its mind about routing new "green grid" power lines towards the monument.

Karen Douglas, chairwoman of the California Energy Commission comments, "The very existence of the monument proposal has certainly chilled development within its boundaries."

The land covered in the debate was originally owned by the Catellus Development Corporation.  It was then purchased by environmentalists and donated a decade ago to the government to protect.  Sen. Feinstein says she's just making good on that promise.

She states, "The Catellus lands were purchased with nearly $45 million in private funds and $18 million in federal funds and donated to the federal government for the purpose of conservation, and that commitment must be upheld. Period."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the environmentalist and a partner with a venture capital firm that invested in a solar developer called BrightSource Energy, blasted Sen. Feinstein's actions, stating, "This is arguably the best solar land in the world, and Senator Feinstein shouldn’t be allowed to take this land off the table without a proper and scientific environmental review."

He says that the proposal will make it much more difficult for California to achieve its goal of having a third of its power provided by alternative energy by 2020.  BrightSource has canceled a large project planned for the monument area.

The Mojave desert, besides being ultra-sunny is home to a host of critters including the desert tortoises, bighorn sheep, fringe-toed lizards and other rare animals and plants.  As green power advocates seek to tap the abundant sunshine and wind energy across the country and the environmentalists fight to block development to protect local species, it seems that these kinds of conflicts will only be growing more heated in the near future.

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RE: Watermelon
By rcc on 12/22/2009 6:24:14 PM , Rating: 2
Can't speak for the OP, but... most people in CA or NM, Tx, etc. who objective to the mass migration of illegal aliens aren't racist. There are obvious exceptions.

What we object to is that they are illegal. Don't pay taxes, and suck up a boat load of social and medical services. Those people that are "ok" because they came before? Sure, if they entered legally and became part of American society, for better or worse.

If you don't live in one of the affected states, you have no clue what the problem is like.

For the record, most of illegals I have met are busting their butts to support themselves and families, that's great. So get them in the system, and quit thinking of excuses why no one should be concerned because they are draining the states resources.

RE: Watermelon
By ImJustSaying on 12/22/09, Rating: 0
RE: Watermelon
By rcc on 12/23/2009 3:01:02 PM , Rating: 1
For the record, I also live in San Diego County.

Beyond that, I'm not always sure that your responses are actually to my posts.

However, betwen you, me, the gate post, and anyone else that wants to listen.... I believe that if a child is born to 2 illegal aliens/immigrants, it should not automatically be given citizenship. If the parents are in the country legally, that's a different story. Fortunately we live in a country were the people sorta get to decide what they want, and we'll have to see if they as a whole get annoyed enough to get the laws changed. Until then, everything will remain as you appear to want it.

I am not trying to demonize anyone. And I realize that these people are vital to many economies. In fact, I'm glad to have them. Just get them legalized and functioning with/in society.

RE: Watermelon
By ImJustSaying on 12/23/2009 7:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with your last sentence. :-)

RE: Watermelon
By Solandri on 12/23/2009 12:47:17 AM , Rating: 2
What we object to is that they are illegal. Don't pay taxes, and suck up a boat load of social and medical services. Those people that are "ok" because they came before? Sure, if they entered legally and became part of American society, for better or worse.

I helped run a business in an area with a large migrant population, and had lots of discussions with immigration attorneys about covering our @$$ses from an INS raid.

If an illegal immigrant gets a job using forged documents (SSN, INS ID) that look real, that's usually sufficient protection for the hiring company. Illegal immigrants hired this way do pay taxes and social security. Their payroll is processed as if they were a legit worker, so they get SS, medicare, and income tax withheld from their paycheck.

The illegal immigrants who don't pay taxes are the ones being paid under the table in cash. Cash transactions leave no paper trail, and thus there are no taxes paid. In those cases, the company that hired them knows that they are illegal, and is complicit in the activity. So although my viewpoints are conservative when it comes to business, I'm with the left on this one. One of the most efficacious way to clamp down on the problem would be track down and penalize companies which knowingly hire illegals.

RE: Watermelon
By knutjb on 12/23/2009 1:59:47 AM , Rating: 2
But identity theft is ok! I don't buy it. The gov is partly at fault but so are employers who strive to under pay the market wages through abuse of illegal workers to line their own pockets. Also the little they pay in taxes is offset by the money sent south and the massive drain on the services provided by legal workers. i.e. every year its estimated LA county spends over 1B extra to deal with illeagal children in the school system alone. But hey you have a busness to run...

RE: Watermelon
By JonnyDough on 12/24/2009 1:13:12 AM , Rating: 2
Well said. Precisely my point. :) And no, I have nothing against anyone of any race, culture or creed. Simply put, I want better for myself and my children. Although this is a "free nation" we have standards of living that we would like to continue. What we ought to do is toughen up on people who lack credentials. Why should we pay for healthcare for people who come into our country illegally and then can't speak our language and support themselves? Do you think that if you go to Mexico and get in an accident and demand to be taken care of they will treat you? Not for free bud. President Felipe Calderón isn't going to take tax money and start healing Americans who come down there wanting a better life. Although under your "justification" we ought to send our inmates there. That way they get a second chance at life like so many illegals coming here, and then we don't have to pay to feed and keep them in our prisons. We need to start making sure that people are legal, or simply make sure they have the cash. At the same time, toughen up on gangs and drugs. THAT is where the money ought to be going. Law enforcement.

RE: Watermelon
By JonnyDough on 12/24/2009 1:14:52 AM , Rating: 2
Oops, not your under your justification, his justification. I forgot who I was responding to for a second. :(

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