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Horseplay over Green Energy?

Original post made by Alan Marling, Livermore, on Jul 18, 2022

Local special-interest groups advocate for equestrian arenas on agricultural land while blocking a solar farm. Jean King of FoL has argued for loosening the restrictions of Measure D, which seeks to preserve open space and farmland. These groups have also maintained that the measure must remain strictly enforced, sometimes at the same County Supervisors meeting. FoL and Friend of Open Space and Vineyards are currently blocking the Aramis Solar Project with a lawsuit.

Not only are these special-interest groups prioritizing horse arenas over clean energy during a climate crisis, but they seem willing to say anything to do it, no matter how hypocritical or harmful. At a County Supervisors meeting on 2021’s Earth Day, “Friends of Livermore” argued that, “The public need for solar is overstated or doesn’t exist.” Yes, that was their line. On Earth Day.

Another lie the special-interest groups often repeat is that solar farms aren’t necessary, as we can get all the clean energy we need from rooftop solar. To meet California’s goals for clean energy, we will need both utility-scale solar as well as rooftop solar, according to The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2021 report. Depending on rooftop solar alone to solve the climate crisis is like smugly trying to put out a CA wildfire with a water pistol.

Another group that has shamed itself by opposing local solar energy is the Tri-Valley Sierra Club. It is an embarrassment not only to our community but also to the national Sierra Club, which felt obligated to make its pro-solar opinion clear when local groups pushed Alameda Supervisors for a solar-farm moratorium. Tri-Valley Sierra Club should recant its position and or disband.

These groups may have different names, but they tend to have one thing in common. They are funded by Jean King, her rich friends, and readers of The Independent they manage to grift. I urge the newspaper’s readers to stop supporting such harmful litigation.

The good news is we can have both horse arenas and solar farms. Repurposing agricultural land can help everyone, as long as the special-interest groups drop their spurious lawsuit against Aramis Solar. Otherwise, those horse arenas better have covered domes, to block out the orange and ashen skies of a worsening apocalypse.

Comments (2)

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 18, 2022 at 3:25 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

I am not pro solar, and I am not anti-solar, they produce energy.

My question: How are solar panels disposed of when they reach the end of their useful life?

Solar panels have a life span for producing energy of 25 years, after which their capability to produce energy diminishes considerably. within 30 years their energy production is zero.

Solar panels are E waste: They contain Silver, Copper, Lead, Aluminum, glass.

Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 18, 2022 at 8:05 pm

MichaelB is a registered user.

"Depending on rooftop solar alone to solve the climate crisis is like smugly trying to put out a CA wildfire with a water pistol."

The "climate crisis" is never going to be "solved". It is just an opportunity by politicians/special interest groups to perpetually increase the amount of government control over the citizens and force them (especially the middle and lower classes) to accept a lower standard of living. We're seeing it right now with rolling blackouts and high gasoline prices in the state. Elected officials don't care about costs/disruptions/failures of their policy and smugly respond with "use less", "do without", or "buy an electric car".

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