This subject is worth a read. It is a national security issue for the US and it is being trumped by some green radicals. Pretty sure there are more some actual kids in a California who could use a head start program, thank god $45m of TAX PAYER MONEY went to a head start program for TURTLES.
For an idea of how Canada is saying NO to the same Green radicals that Obama is embracing read this…..paying particular attention to the point about how Solars (green tech) was being pushed as official policy in 2007 http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/01/09/terence-corcoran-a-war-on-green-radicals/
And this column on why the US as a Banana Republic:
The United States has become the world’s ultimate Banana Republic, a nation choked by the “Build-Absolutely-Nothing-Anywhere-Near-Anyone” people who prowl its corridors of power.
What’s behind these battles is not the electorate but the rise, since the UN Copenhagen climate change fiasco, of a well-oiled, transnational environmentalism movement.
Borderless NGOs, with funds and contacts, have deputized themselves to impose a planetary agenda anywhere they choose to do so. In the past, environmental opposition has been locally based which made its participants accountable to the electorate, or back down, when their demands cost jobs or excessive damages to others or to the economy.
This transnational phenomena is a power unto itself. It scours the world for causes, except where it cannot generate headlines or results such as China, India, Russia or Appalachia where environmental degradation really is serious.
Instead, they have gone where the action, and publicity, is best and targets easy to pick off. Their favorite is the world’s biggest Banana Republic.
(Just to clarify, Alberta’s oil sands emissions are currently less than those generated by tiny Wisconsin’s coal-fired power generation plants.)
They don’t address the coal problem because they cannot win it. They pick their battles carefully and Canada, without any votes in the Senate or House of Representatives, is the current favourite target.
Environmentalists pick on anything that yields publicity.
There is a green-on-green battle in California’s Mojave Desert over the development of gigantic solar farms. The first and biggest is environmental darling, BrightSource Energy, whose 3,600-acre project called the Ivanpah is under fire from greens over the few dozen tortoises who live on its site. Estimates by biologists are that 162 adult tortoises and 608 juveniles may live on the site.
That revelation caused federal officials to halt construction in April. Building proceeded after undertakings were obtained. These include allocation of a $45-million budget to mitigate risks for the tortoises, the employment of 40 full-time biologists and a “head start” program for hatchling and juvenile tortoises in which they are taken care of for at least five years to better their chances of surviving in the wild.