The Wall Street Journal‘s John Fund tells us that even though “Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is as green as any governor… he’s had enough of the mindless interference with development that characterizes the actions of many environmentalists. In a state where one out of eight workers is unemployed, Mr. Schwarzenegger is asking the legislature for more authority to fast-track projects after they have undergone an environmental impact study.”
The Governator has had it. Schwarzenegger says,
So the environmentalists … are confused because they want to have renewable energy but then when it comes to the permitting process, creating that renewable energy and building the solar plants, they are then in the way. And they then talk about, “You cannot go and destroy this squirrel.”
I say, “What squirrel? I was out there, I didn’t see a squirrel.”
They say, “Well, there could be a squirrel coming very soon.”
So I say, “But there’s no squirrel there right now.”
“But you’ve got to protect things that could be there.”
The height of this insanity was exposed by Max Schulz in an American Spectator article on the strange case of the Delta Smelt, a tiny fish that brought California farmers to their knees through legal action by environmental wackos. Lawsuit after lawsuit withheld water that the farmers needed so that the fishie wouldn’t suffer.
With the whole global warming scam finally falling apart, perhaps we’ll see this kind of liberal insanity start to wane. It would be nice to see solar power technology that’s being held hostage by environuts — who strangely enough are crying for solar power — finally get a shot at proving whether it can be cost effective. But the nuts are worried about the desert that the solar arrays would occupy. These are people who quite simply need something at which to vent their clinical anger.