I'm working up a really good rant. A couple of weeks ago, during the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, I began to look around at the available commercial low earth orbit options. That search, somehow, wound up on renewable energy. Go figure, guess that's why they call it surfing. I began to notice a pattern regarding renewable energy. Every single attempt to replace so called "dirty energy" with something clean and sustainable was met with opposition from the environmental lobby. That's right, opposition! The environmental lobby wants us to quit using oil, coal and other "dirty energy" but they won't let us move on to something cleaner! We are stuck in the dark ages of energy production because the environmental groups won't let us move on to new state of the art energy production. Some of the technology needed to completely eliminate our dependence on "dirty energy" has existed for almost 50 years. Why do we have to continue using 80 to 90 year old dirty technology when much newer greener technology has existed for so long?
Apparently, while the environmental lobby wants us to use renewable solar energy, they don't want us to actually build all those solar panels. How is it possible to use solar energy without building and installing the panels? Look people, there will ALWAYS, be an impact on wildlife. Wildlife will adjust. Please, pick an evil! Do we continue to pollute the environment with hundreds of billions of gallons of pollution every day, or do we impact a few hundred thousand acres of wild life for a clean renewable energy source? Make up our minds for us! The old saying goes something like: you can't have your cake and eat it too!
One such solar farm could produce 850 MW of power. That would replace two small coal powered plants or one big one. Displacing millions of gallons of pollution each year! Sure, a few lizards would have to move. But how many species around the world would be saved by reducing our carbon foot print? I am reminded of the fictional Vulcan's from the Star Trek franchise. "In any case, were I to invoke logic, logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." -- Spock (Star Trek II).