In a parting shot at the competition for its fossil fuels supporters, the uber-lame (duck) Bush administration “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.”
- Drilling for oil and gas, even in pristine areas — hey, we’re former oil company executives.
- Leveling mountains in beautiful West Virginia — we’re all for it.
- Toxic metals from mining — bring ‘em on!
- Logging old-growth forests — what so you think forests are for?
But solar power on publicly owned desert land? We need to study that for two years. Wouldn’t want to risk a rush to clean energy. As Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said, this is “the wrong signal to send to solar power developers, and to Nevadans and Westerners who need and want clean, affordable sun-powered electricity soon.”
The only upside of this lame last-minute attack on renewables is that it can be overturned on January 21.