Monday, December 03, 2012

Burdened by Solar Power

Even the LA Times is starting to understand that when something's uneconomic, the losses must be borne by someone.

Perhaps even more interesting is the double standard set for productive industries vs. those allowed for political darliings:

Gov. Jerry Brown has vowed to "crush" opponents of solar projects. At the launch of a solar farm near Sacramento, the governor pledged: "It's not easy. There are gonna be screw-ups. There are gonna be bankruptcies. There'll be indictments and there'll be deaths. But we're gonna keep going — and nothing's gonna stop me."
Counties have little say because the state controls planning and licensing of large-scale projects. The California Energy Commission issues the permits for utility-scale solar farms, and counties depend on the commission's staff to look out for their interests.
Of course the reverse has been the case for nuclear power ever since its inception.

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