Obama, Still Going Green

Posted on July 26, 2012

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In spite of all of Obama’s green  energy fails, he is putting his “fundamental transformation of America” on the fast track:Secretary Salazar, Senator Reid Announce ‘Fast-Track’ Initiatives for Solar Energy Development on Western Lands . Bruce McQuain of Questions and Observations posted on this yesterday and he found the story at The Hill. In my search of the internet I found no MSM coverage of this news. The title of the Q and O piece pretty much says it all: Obama plans to carpet the West in solar projects. From the first link above, which is the Bureau of Land Managements web site we learn:

Under initiatives announced today by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), federal agencies will work with western leaders to designate tracts of U.S. public lands in the West as prime zones for utility-scale solar energy development, fund environmental studies, open new solar energy permitting offices and speed reviews of industry proposals. Link to maps of Solar Energy Study Areas.

“President Obama’s comprehensive energy strategy calls for rapid development of renewable energy, especially on America’s public lands,” said Secretary Salazar. “This environmentally-sensitive plan will identify appropriate Interior-managed lands that have excellent solar energy potential and limited conflicts with wildlife, other natural resources or land users. The two dozen areas we are evaluating could generate nearly 100,000 megawatts of solar electricity. With coordinated environmental studies, good land-use planning and zoning and priority processing, we can accelerate responsible solar energy production that will help build a clean-energy economy for the 21st century.”

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The Solar Energy Study Areas, located in Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah and outlined in maps to be published in the Federal Register Tuesday, encompass about 670,000 acres. Only lands with excellent solar resources, suitable slope, proximity to roads and transmission lines or designated corridors, and containing at least 2,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands were considered for solar energy study areas. Sensitive lands, wilderness and other high-conservation-value lands as well as lands with conflicting uses were excluded.
According to the article at The Hill, solar energy firms can apply for waivers on an additional 19 million acres. However, I could not corroborate that information.
So, isn’t that nice. Obama & Company are willing to open up federal lands for their crony friend’s solar projects but not for oil and gas exploration. Maybe someone in the Obama administration should sit down at their computer and do a search about the lessons learned on green energy in Spain and other European countries.
Here is the thing, my friends, if we assume that Barack Obama will be defeated in November, we can also assume that between now and January 20, 2013 that he and his minions will continue singing agreements and giving out loan guaranties. The next administration will have to honor those  agreements and Obama knows that. It won’t be enough for the Romney administration to come in and start doing things right. There will be much that they will have to undo. I hope someone on Romney’s staff is keeping a good list. It will be a long list.
When a person is very angry about something we say they are “seeing red”. For me it is “seeing green”.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?
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