Every week seems to bring a new development that underscores the incoherence of the environmental movement, which believes global warming is the world’s most pressing problem yet is often the biggest roadblock to efforts to address the problem by developing cleaner sources of energy.
The latest example: Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s push to protect 1 million acres of the Mojave Desert, which inevitably will kill 13 major solar power and wind power projects planned for the area.
I have been quite critical of the senior Senator from California for favoring protecting deserts over protecting a livable climate for humans (see “Does Sen. Feinstein get global warming, desertification, and California’s looming demise?“).
Newsweek reports the Senator has proposed a “wilderness designation bill intended to rope off more than half a million acres of Southern California land between Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve, restricting the area to both solar developers and off-road vehicles. Such prime desert land shouldn’t be touched, she has argued, and the accentuated effects of global warming will make that territory increasingly valuable to desert wildlife.”
She apparently likes deserts so much that she wants them to stretch from Oklahoma to California and cover one third the planet.
The excerpt that starts this post is from an editorial in the San Diego Union-Tribune, “Green talk vs. green action / Feinstein’s scuttling of solar, wind projects a baffling mistake.” The piece is significant because, as Wikipedia notes, the paper is “reliably conservative.” I lived in the greater San Diego area (La Jolla) for more than two years when I was doing my thesis work at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, so I can attest to that description. I can also attest to the fact that while the climate of Southern California is unparalleled in the United States, it won’t be by the second half of this century if we don’t dramatically reverse emissions trends.