It sometimes seems that whenever there is a sign of progress on the energy front, it’s rapidly thwarted by environmentalists (or their bureaucratic surrogates) yelling stop. Here, via the New York Times, is the latest insanity:
Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years. The Bureau of Land Management says an extensive environmental study is needed to determine how large solar plants might affect millions of acres it oversees in six Western states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. But the decision to freeze new solar proposals temporarily, reached late last month, has caused widespread concern in the alternative-energy industry, as fledgling solar companies must wait to see if they can realize their hopes of harnessing power from swaths of sun-baked public land, just as the demand for viable alternative energy is accelerating.
Two years! Big government strikes again.
Amongst the concerns: the fate of the Mojave Ground Squirrel, a charming enough little fellow, but, when all is said and done, a squirrel.