With the numerous subjects deserving comment – the end of the money bail system, the limiting of felony murder charges – I must comment on another recent but obscure “hot topic.”
It is the Santa Barbara County supervisors’ meeting concerning the supplemental environmental impact report for the proposed wind farm near Lompoc. I have to agree with Andy Caldwell and COLAB, that this issue needs more press coverage, and that it needs the scrutiny meted out to other industries.
It seems like every industry that does business in the county is scrutinized and held up to a higher standard than wind or solar. Wind is the topic here, and its effects on birds (some endangered), and bats is getting a pass. This seems to be the easy way out, and beneath anyone who thinks otherwise. Sierra Club are you listening?
Again, with all the regulations for oil, farming (with the exception of marijuana), wineries, tourism, housing, and on and on, it seems that this industry is a no-brainer and easy. I hope that the county planning department and the supervisors will really look hard into this, and not just for the aesthetics as is the case for many projects in the county.
NIMBYism seems to control things. Please, please just once consider everything, we need renewable energy, but not at the cost of losing another valuable resource.
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