Recently, in the Business Journal (subscription required), an article discussed efforts by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. invest $1.5 billion to create a 150-mile, high-voltage transmission line that happens to cut through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to reach San Diego. The idea is to generate solar energy, something environmentalists supposedly love, and transmit it to be used in a major urban center.
Yet, environmentalists are opposing the project. Instead, they are pushing for renewable power to be generated closer to heavily populated areas, rather than brought in from distant sites. I’m not sure exactly how that would work even if every building in large, southern cities was set up to generate solar power.
As a follow-up editorial in the Journal put it,
We have placed billions of barrels of coastal and arctic crude oil off-limits to ourselves. We haven’t built a nuclear power plant in 30 years. And now the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. faces fierce opposition in its effort to build one of the world’s largest solar power plants east of San Diego…killing this groundbreaking renewable energy project because it would diminish scenic views would be the act of a nation in the dark, in every sense.
As I’ve said before, environmentalists oppose our civilization and global warming and other supposed environmental crises are just tools in their fight. When environmentalists oppose wind and solar (not to mention nuclear), what do we have left?