Planet Gore

Blame Bush, Part 793

I loved this line that Greg flagged earlier:

[Obama administration] officials say they’ve moved quickly to clear the “regulatory underbrush” untended by a George W. Bush administration team that spent little money or effort to develop wind and solar energy on public land.

To the bright lights at the L.A.Times, it appears careful husbandry of local environmental regulation has always been a federal executive responsibility. How else could this Obama administration claim go unchallenged?
And on what planet do people consider a forest of humming wind turbines an idyllic vista? Don’t answer that.
If the editors of the LAT would like to know who is really to blame for the appalling lack of eyesores off the Massachusetts coast, they might read this: the Kennedys — newly sainted Ted included — have vastly more to do with opposition to Cape Wind than Bogeyman Bush.
Is this brazen mendacity or ignorance? The color of your house is regulated on Nantucket. Is that part of the thicket it was Dubya’s job to prune? I suppose we should commend the LAT for not blaming Sarah Palin for the absence of polar bears in Provincetown.

I look forward to several more LAT stories about the Santa Barbara residents and visitors who wistfully gaze westward in search of the quaint oil rigs that should adorn the Pacific horizon. OK, maybe they’re not so quaint — but at least with those, you wind up with reliable and cost-efficient energy.

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