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 Management‘s 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.”
[…]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.
24 thoughts on “Obama, Still Going Green”
It’s as you said, just another cash-grab boondoggle. Crony crapitalism at its best…
It is sickening and I expect will get worse.
I look forward to reading your blog by candle light….as the power grid will be useless thanks to Obama.
How are you going to connect to the internet? 🙂
Good point about seeing RED and GREEN, I’m with you.
Typical of this administration is to keep wasting money on GREEN as company after company OUR MONEY HAS PAID FOR, goes bust. They’ll never learn…and if he gets in the next four years, imagine the secret planning? Look, they had the health care bill all ready to go before inauguration, it might be interesting for me to do a blog asking what my readers think the Obama thugs have planned for next year behind our backs!?
good post, thanks
That is a great idea for a post, Z. I have some thoughts and I’m sure the rest of your readers would have interesting ideas too.
To be honest… in the long, LONG term solar and other green energy initiatives are the wave of the future. Obama is just about 50+ years before his time. 😉
According to the EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) solar and wind don’t even show up as so much as a blip in the overall U.S. energy picture through 2035.
Natural gas is the wave of the future… at least until then and probably a lot longer.
I agree with you, AZ. Solar energy will come some day. Meanwhie, natural gas is going to work just fine.
The green stuff comes from the Club of Rome 1972 report where “humanity was the enemy” that would unite the world. This earth worship is the form of the destructor that he globalists have chosen.
They have been willing to take it slow for so long. Why the big push?
Leases to millions of acres that will be useless. Good catch.
It will put a hurt on mining, oil and gas exploration and on things like antelope hunting, that is for sure.
WASHINGTON – As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of the Interior, in partnership with the Department of Energy, will publish the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The final Solar PEIS represents a major step forward in the permitting of utility-scale solar energy on public lands throughout the west.
Obama’s paln moving forward is more of his same failed policies. He believes the reason they failed is because we didn’tspend enough on them, so in the future we can expect even more spending on green energy companies.
As far as the lands go, could this also be part of agenda 21?
My fear, Steve, is that even if he is convinced he will lose the election, he will try to do as much damage to the country that he can in the time he has left.
Also, the word “perseverating” comes to mind.
I must admit i had to look up the word; but you are right. It fits!
“The two dozen areas we are evaluating could generate nearly 100,000 megawatts of solar electricity.”
Wow! That’s a lot of daytime electric power. How do you replace it when the sun goes down?
Plus, it is nice to see Obama’s foreign relations so successful. It is almost guaranteed that China will get most of the solar panel business. As a matter of fact, the world market for solar panels would not be nearly as robust without the Federal Government subsidizing the whole thing. Let’s celebrate our newly rich Chinese friends.
“Wow! That’s a lot of daytime electric power. How do you replace it when the sun goes down?”
Exactly!. When the problem of storing and maintaining a more or less contantfeed pf solar power into the grid is solved, maybe solar will have a chance of being cost competetive.
You make a good point about Obama exporting jobs to China. I wish the Romney campaign would hammer on that more.
I agree! 🙂
Sorry about the above comment, I was having technical difficulties…
If Obama stops his green energy efforts, how will he be able to funnel vast sums of money to his pals?
Of course its not meant to be seen by the public… While we wait for equilibrium in this broken market, we’re drowning in taxes and inflation. I can’t wait to see what this country is going to be knee-deep in in a good decade or two.
-Green Apple Energy USA