Greens Concerned Vast Federal Land Clearances for Renewable Energy Projects Might Harm Nature

Watts Up With That?

Ready to Build a new Renewables Project on a Federally Protected Wilderness Ready to Build a new Renewables Project on a Federally Protected Wilderness

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Some green groups finally seem to be expressing concern that colossal renewable infrastructure projects on federal land, clearing, poisoning and paving over millions of acres of federally protected wilderness, for solar farms and wind projects, might harm the natural environment.

Government’s Push for Solar Power on Federal Lands Stirs Concerns

Environmentalists, renewable-energy firms raise doubts over plan to streamline permitting process.

SAGUACHE, Colo.—Over Key lime pie at The Oasis, one of this tiny town’s two restaurants, officials from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and local leaders grappled recently with a big problem: the failure to attract solar energy companies to the San Luis Valley, whose elevation of over 7,000 feet should make for prime solar potential.

For now, the only solar-power production in the valley, a scenic expanse a few hours south…

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