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Sometimes environmentalists and their policies don’t get along

Dirty EnergyBy Rebekah Rast — As green energy technologies continue to spread throughout all areas of the U.S. it has angered a peculiar new bully.


Yes.  Sometimes green energy and environmentalists don’t get along.  In fact, these conflicts are becoming more common.

A New York Post article highlighting the environmentalist’s attack on green energy states, “Nationally, environmental activists push the expansion of renewable energy — solar, wind, etc. But when industries work to implement those initiatives at the community level, local greens scream at the impact on their community; they’d rather keep the land as it is.”

How is green energy supposed to replace our current energy supplies if those who want it most keep fighting against it?

Some examples of this conflict cited in the New York Post article:  Environmentalists trying to stop a cable that would bring affordable hydropower electricity from Canada to New York City out of fear it might somehow damage the Hudson River.  Another example:  Wind energy developers evaluating sites in the New York Harbor and Hudson River for a future project are being stalled by environmentalists concerned about the impact these turbines will have on the American Eel.

This plays out across the country too.  In Southern California, environmentalists are hoping a court will curb the area’s growing wind energy industry, which is believed to pose a threat to the endangered condor.  The backers of this lawsuit: The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club.  These groups “said in the filing that a neighboring wind farm, Pine Tree, has killed at least eight golden eagles and that California condors could be at risk from the blades of turbines as well.”

These lawsuits even extend from green energy to green living. In San Francisco, the city planned to paint bicycle lanes on their streets, a big win for environmentalists, however a resident said no with the thinking that the lanes may cause additional pollution.

Maybe green energy and green living are necessary requirements as long as they don’t appear in the backyards of their strongest advocates.

Unless environmentalists are willing to take some hits, green energy will never become the energy of the future.

But environmentalists aren’t the only obstacle standing in the way.  The more prolific green energy becomes the more local communities and cities see it as something to be taxed or further regulated by their rules — often making the already high-priced technology even more expensive to consumers.

Furthermore, a proposed green project may cause others to worry about the impact it will have in their personal lives.  You might have a great view out in front of your house now, but how will it look with a wind farm in the foreground?

Given that green energy is struggling to break through the strongholds of its environmental champions, saying that it faces incredible obstacles in its bid to become America’s main energy source is a bit of an understatement.

If green energy is causing alarm among environmentalists, it makes sense to hold onto the productive, affordable and reliable energy sources currently available in America.

Rebekah Rast is a contributing editor to Americans for Limited Government (ALG) and NetRightDaily.com.  You can follow her on twitter at @RebekahRast.

  • Buzz Fuzzel

    I only read to the third paragraph before I realized this is just another story confirming what I already know. The “environmentalists” will not be happy till the earth’s population is cut in half and those that survive the pogrom are all riding horses and share cropping for their Lords and Ladies. Get ready for the new Dark Ages. Prediction, everyone under the age of 55 who reads this will have no idea what I am talking about.

  • An Engineer

    We have a new Solar Power Panel project at our local High School. The project was presented to the school district, as a grant from the Fed. However halfway through the building of this thing, we were told that it was going to be funded by a bond measure. Can you say bait, and switch? On to the completion of the project. Now that it is accomplished we are reaping the cost of this boondoggle. We who live within a block of the project are bombarded with a huge static hash from the DC to AC converter, which shows up in all of our electronic devices. We have complained, but were told by the contractor that reducing the amount of static from the converter, would also reduce the efficiency of the solar power plant by 20%.We are also told that the bond issue will take 25 years to pay off. At the end of the 25 years the output of this plant will be at the point that it will be needing replacement of aprox. 50% of the panels. Lest you think that this is still advantageous for the environment, take a look at the manufacturing processes, which pollute our water supplies, and leave heavy metals in our atmosphere, and waste disposal sites., Thank you for all the help in making us free of the grid. (Humbug).

  • reggiec

    There must be a realization that money when reduced to what it honestly represents in a society is nothing more than a measure of the use of energy or its accumulation. Every monetary unit is earned through the expenditure of energy.
    If this is true the environmentalists should be screaming bloody murder about the national debt. How much energy will have to be used to get 16 trillion dollars to pay the debt back?

  • bobmann101

    If we were not able to stop Obnama before the election it is too late now. With

    If we were not able to stop Obnama before the election it is too late now. With

    The Bilderberg Group, UN, Trilateral Commission, North American Union, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Court, Open Society Institute, Center for American Progress, Tides Foundation, islam, CAIR, Club of Rome, Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Communist Party, Socialist Party all backing Obama gives Obama the power and the money to stay in power for a long time. After Jan. 2013 he will fundamentally change the America. In time blood will flow in the streets of America.

  • topeka


    let’s not interfere with their circular firing squad….

  • topeka

    I have seen the original data, courtesy of consultants on most of the major designs.

    They are lying to you.

    There is no way half those cells will be working in 25 years. (Unless there’s be a recent breakthrough? … I doubt it.)

    Just sayin… 😉

  • Environmentalists for the most part are Hypocrites, none of them are ever pushing Congress to legalize the growth and processing of Industrial Hemp which can be used to manufacture almost anything today that is made from oil, is biodegradable, cheap to grow and process, needs no fertilizer to grow and would normally be considered an Environmentalists wet dream plant, but they don’t. The only Environmentalists I have ever heard promote the legalization of Industrial Hemp is Jill Stein Green Party candidate for President. But She is the only Environmentalists I have ever heard or seen tall;king about it.

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