‘VACANT LAND MYTH’: HUNDREDS OF US LOCALITIES ARE RESISTING THE SPREAD OF GREEN ENERGY
April 11, 2019 | Michael Bastasch | dailycaller.com | [Excerpt Read Full Article]
“Rural communities, even entire states, are resisting or rejecting wind, solar, and high-voltage transmission projects”
- U.S. cities and states have risen up against the spread of solar panels and wind turbines.
- One expert says at least 225 government entities across the U.S. have put up barriers to renewable energy development.
- Those supporting renewables rely on the “vacant-land myth” to push their green agenda, the expert said.
From New York to California, localities have taken action to stymie solar and wind energy projects to preserve their way of life, according to Manhattan Institute senior fellow Robert Bryce.
“All-renewable scenarios rely on the vacant-land myth, the faulty notion that there’s endless amounts of unused, uncared-for land out there in flyover country that’s ready and waiting to be covered with forests of renewable-energy stuff,” Bryce told Senate lawmakers in a hearing Thursday.
“The truth is quite different,” Bryce said in prepared testimony for the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
“Rural communities, even entire states, are resisting or rejecting wind, solar, and high-voltage transmission projects and that opposition is already slowing deployment of new renewable capacity in the U.S., Canada, and Europe,” Bryce said.
Bryce chastised the “scant” media coverage of the growing resistance to renewable energy projects, which is especially important given Democrats push for sweeping plans, like the Green New Deal, to significantly ramp up renewable energy use.
“By contrast, national media coverage of the growing backlash against deployment of large-scale renewable-energy projects has been scant,” Bryce said. “That lack of media coverage is particularly true when it comes to controversies about wind-energy deployment.”