Just Can't Win. Pt. One. UPDATE!

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Jonathan Adler at Volokh posted about a group of environmentalists trying to remove hydroelectric dams from Kenya. They’re already built and paid for and produce emissions-free electricity, thus are a very eco-friendly way to get cheap power to the people who desperately need a cheap source of power.

Replacing this energy with natural gas–the cleanest fossil-fuel source–would still pump 473,000 tons of additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. This is roughly equal to the annual emissions of 102,000 cars.

Given this alternative, one would think that environmentalists would form a human shield around the dams to protect them. Instead, they have been fighting tooth-and-nail to tear them down because the dams stand in the way of migrating salmon. Environmentalists don’t even let many states, including California, count hydro as renewable.

The Great San Joaquin Valley, where I live, is bigger than many countries in Europe, and has a huge problem with air quality because all the icky smoggy stuff gets trapped between two mountain ranges, especially during the summer months when a massive high pressure ridge caps the region, providing little wind, and does not allow air to circulate out of the region. Europe and Japan are getting between 40 nd 70 percent of their energy from nuclear power, but the stupid liberals who run the state won’t allow it here.

Patric Moore, the founder and former member of Greenpeace, was in town not too long ago trying to convince the powers that be to build a small nuclear plant here in Fresno, and then went to Sactown (Sacramento) to try and convince the bosses to relax some the no-nukes regulations that make building new plants impossible. Though there is strong local support for the venture here in town luck, the current plutocrats running things will never relent. Localy, for at least forty years, there has been talk of building a hydroelectric dam above Milerton Lake, but, because of environmental resistance, it just won’t fly, not in the “state” we’re in.

OK, no big deal you say. They can build more wind farms or solar power generating facilities. Here’s your answe, again from Adler.

Their opposition to nuclear energy is well known. Wind power? Two years ago the Center for Biological Diversity sued California’s Altamont Pass Wind Farm for obstructing and shredding migrating birds. (“Cuisinarts of the sky” is what many greens call wind farms.) Solar? Worldwatch Institute’s Christopher Flavin has been decidedly lukewarm about solar farms because they involve placing acres of mirrors in pristine desert habitat. The Sierra Club and Wilderness Society once testified before Congress to keep California’s Mojave Desert–one of the prime solar sites in the country–off limits to all development. Geothermal energy? They are unlikely to get enviro blessings, because some of the best sites are located on protected federal lands.

Yes, California, the home of such conservationist / green libs such as Streisand and the glimmer twins Tim Robbins and Susan Serandon, has issues with hydroelectric power. You would think in a state that has some of the most atmospherically polluted cities in the US (greater LA, Bakersfield, I’m lookin’ in your direction) would do all it can to provide the cleanest power to support its population. But it will never happen. The movers and shakers spend gobs of time shuttling around in private jets, spending our tax dollars on luxuries, while trying to force us to use CF bulbs even if we don’t like them (in case you’re wondering, must of my lights were switched over a year and a half ago) and during the winter, where it gets into the 20’s on occasion, we in the valley are no longer allowed to use our wood burning fireplaces to help keep warm. So we have to use more power, and pay hefty power bills to the “Axis Of Oil” (just heard that term today – I like it, clever).

PS. I don’t think all liberals are stupid, just the ones who run the state.

UPDATE: They just can’t help themselves, can they!