Montana Outdoors

April 9, 2007

Follow the yellow (“green“) brick road

Filed under: Conservation, Environment, Outdoors — montucky @ 2:16 pm

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa is pushing a project designed to supply 10% of the city’s electrical power needs by importing solar, geothermal and nuclear power from southeastern California and Arizona, theoretically at least, replacing coal-fueled power.

Besides the monetary cost is the environmental cost of constructing an 85 mile “Green Path” of electrical transmission lines through Big Morongo Wildlife Preserve north of Palm Springs, Pioneertown near Yucca Valley, Pipes Canyon Wilderness Preserve and a corner of the San Bernardino National Forest before crossing over the Cajon Pass and connecting with existing power lines in Hesperia. Of course, environmental and conservation groups oppose this plan because of its disruption to the environment.

Here is the story from the LA Times.

My editorial comments:

1 – The Mayor should be commended for at least making an effort to make use of renewable power to replace highly-polluting coal-fired power if it actually replaces it and is not just an expansion of energy use.

2 – Conservation and Environmental groups might look for an acceptable compromise on the power transmission route, rather than simply oppose the existing proposal.

3 – Nowhere in the story do I see a proposal by either side to use less power. Isn’t that one of the foremost solutions to the whole issue? It seems to me that sooner or later we will have to learn to just say no !

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