Energy Sprawl and the Green Economy - WSJ.com Opinion by Lamar Alexander
By LAMAR ALEXANDER, published by the Wall Street Journal 9/18/09
An opinion article published in the Wall Street Journal on how proposed policy on renewables may just destroy the environment in the name of saving it.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced plans to cover 1,000 square miles of land in Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah with solar collectors to generate electricity. He's also talking about generating 20% of our electricity from wind. This would require building about 186,000 50-story wind turbines that would cover an area the size of West Virginia—not to mention 19,000 new miles of high-voltage transmission lines.
Is the federal government showing any concern about this massive intrusion into the natural landscape? Not at all.
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