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View Diary: CO-Sen: Mark Udall (D) Pushes For Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (18 comments)

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  •  Renewable energy siting bill -public lands (1+ / 0-)
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    This is what I find curious, why all the emphasis on public lands siting for energy projects? We have been told repeatedly that the private sector is always smarter, better, more efficient.  Private lands in the west tend to be much closer to point-of-use. That is an important consideration for electricity which has such high line loss. It seems obvious that brownfields redevelopment and other private development is probably better for society as a whole.
     Another thing to consider. Both FS and BLM are ridiculously underfunded. A bill that has them re-doing all their forest plans and RMP's to conform to these big projects in two years or less is going to take money and staff. Any bets that our congress is going to fund 'big government'? And if you say 'we can contract it out." I would say that contracting NEPA, FLPMA, NFMA ESA compliance will definitely jack up the price to astronomical levels.

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