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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 ImJustSaying on 12/22/2009 7:12:18 PM , Rating: 0
I live in San Diego, California...

I never said anything about JohnnyDough being racist. His comment was not racist, just misinformed, as is yours. Unless immigrant labor is being paid in cash, they are most-likely paying taxes or getting stiffed for a days work. There are a lot of unscrupulous employers out there who know they are dealing with a vulnerable population, and take advantage of that.

Additionally, since most are afraid of being deported, and rightly so, they are hesitant to use government medical services unless their health is severely compromised. Mind you, American citizens who are uninsured behave the same way. For all intents and purposes, in terms of medical expense, they might as well be undocumented, according to your argument.

As far as education goes, it is the children of undocumented immigrants, most are themselves citizens, who are 'sucking up' our resources. Their parents may not be legal, but the students have a right to a public education by virtue of them being citizens. That is the law unless it changes. There is an additional value in educating the children of undocumented immigrants, in that an effort is made to prevent the creation of a permanent underclass of people who may turn to crime to make a living, and therefore are preventing the additional expense of having to increase the number of law enforcement as well as prison beds; not to mention the inevitable violence that is associated with social deprivation.

Like I said before, it's clear that something needs to be done about managing undocumented immigrant flow, but simply demonizing and persecuting a populace is not constructive, nor should it be tolerated.

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. :-)

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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