Solar farms positive step
The Kansas City Star
The federal government is doing the right thing in establishing “solar energy zones” on 285,000 acres of public land.
The solar farms will be on government land in such sunshine states as California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, The Associated Press reports.
The large-scale solar development is a reminder of great dams that were built during the Depression to generate electricity for rural areas. The solar initiative on public land will also be a clean, renewable energy source to feed into the nation’s electric grid.
The government will be establishing 17 solar energy zones. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the Obama administration has authorized 10,000 megawatts of solar, wind and geothermal projects that will power more than 3.5 million homes when completed.
If President Barack Obama wins a second term in November, the green energy project will stay on track until it is completed. If the GOP — “gas, oil and plutonium” — candidates wins, all bets will be off and our ozone-destroying, global warming, planet-threatening ways will continue.