But wait. Here comes the government. Late last month, The Feds put a moratorium on new applications for solar power plants planned on government land pending a massive environmental impact study. The Bureau of Land Management which administers more than 100 million acres in the western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah where most large scale solar development is concentrated, is concerned about potential effects of solar plants on nature and wildlife. The study will take up to two years to complete and will address potential effects on vegetation, water use, and animal life. Environmentalists and solar energy companies are worried that the study could effectively cripple a nascent industry, at least temporarily.
Oddly enough, there is no slowdown in the construction of new coal burning plants, especially those using the new clean coal technology. Worldwide at least one new coal powered plant goes into operation every week. In addition, lifting the 30 year ban on offshore drilling in US coastal waters is even now being considered by the American Congress. This would certainly have a negative impact on water and wildlife not to mention the economies of places like the Jersey Shore. But nobody seems to want to do a feasibility study on that. Kind of makes you wonder what’s really going on, doesn’t it?
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