Green groups support “responsible development” of desert solar

Parabolic trough system in desert

Parabolic trough system in the desert

As the popularity of solar and other clean renewable energy sources grows, environmental groups are playing a major role in shaping how the nation makes the transition to the new energy economy. One of the most visible examples of this renewed role for environmentalists is found in the the roll-out of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) on public lands primarily in the Southwest.

That’s not to say that all environmental groups agree on all points. Todd Woody, who blogs for the NYT’s Green Inc., recently covered one contentious issue in the Mojave Desert. Over at High Country News, Judith Lewis wrote a fascinating article in May about a schism between environmentalists over “Big Solar” in the Mojave.

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The Weekender

Don Calzada

US government lab debunks “Spanish Professor” study

The “whack-a-mole” study by a far-right-wing Spanish economist (and global warming denier) purporting to show that renewable energy is a job killer has been whacked once again.

Wielding the mallet this time was the prestigious National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As reported yesterday in the blog Into the Wind, NREL’s analysis (available in pdf form, here) concludes:

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A Mighty Wind

Pardon the title reference to Christopher Guest’s 2003 Mockumentary of the same name. It was just too tempting. Besides, A Mighty Wind is IMHO Guest’s best work (if you don’t count This is Spinal Tap, for which he shared writing credits but didn’t direct).

But I digress.

Here’s my suggestion on how to use this page: watch the video above — before reading any further.

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