As you sow

Dave Killion — August 19, 2011


One of the problems for promoters of so-called green initiatives is that the technology has too frequently not matured sufficiently to warrant substantial investment. Boosters elect to campaign for government subsidies which consume resources that would be better invested elsewhere. This unsustainable practice frequently has adverse environmental consequences (e.g. corn-based ethanol) which creates divisions within the movement. Over at Reason’s Hit & Run blog, Shikha Dalmia says it might get ugly

“Consider the recent massacre of six golden eagles at California’s Tehachapi Mountains wind farm. Federal authorities are investigating the incident, but some enviros are upset that not all their brethren are more outraged over the dead birds—along with the 440,000 others that are shredded annually by all the “cuisinarts of the sky” around the country.  Shawn Smallwood, an expert studying the impact of wind farms on migratory birds, for example, told Fox News that he can’t understand why it took so long for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, which enforces the Endangered Species Act, to come in and investigate the situation. Likewise, Sue Hammer of Tehachapi Wildlife Rehab in Kern County, complained about the hypocrisy of the Golden State’s environmental enforcement establishment. “If I shoot an eagle, it’s a $10,000 fine and/or a vacation of one to five years in a federal pen of my choice,” she said. But wind farms don’t suffer the same consequences.”

Dollars are like seeds – they have to be planted in the right place at the right time. Letting government ‘invest’ in renewable energy is like spreading seed on rocks in the middle of winter.

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