Things that make your head spin is understanding the environmental movement in the United States. On one hand, these groups will scream for “clean energy” while behind the scenes battle the expansion of land being used for say solar panels being built to produce said clean energy.
California is a prime example. They have an aggressive goal is implementing clean energy standards by 2045. Thousands of square miles of land will be needed to produce their solar power farms and other renewable energy sites. Now there is a backlash from state environmental groups over this expansion.
Here’s more from Governing.com:
It’s gotten more difficult to build solar in recent years, Eddy said, as conservationists have fought projects in wilderness areas and rural residents have fought projects near their communities. In February, San Bernardino County, California’s largest by area, banned the construction of large solar and wind farms on more than 1 million acres of private land.
The price of continuing with business as usual, Eddy said, “is basically losing the battle on climate change.”
“We can no longer afford to fight about this. We need all the power we can get as fast as we can get it,” she said.
Kim Delfino, California program director for Defenders of Wildlife, is hopeful the Nature Conservancy’s findings will help forestall the kinds of ecological conflicts that have slowed clean energy development in the California desert. During the renewable energy “gold rush” of the late 2000s, developers proposed dozens of solar and wind farms in unprotected desert areas, fueling hard-fought battles with conservationists that continue today.