“We need green energy. Just not here.”
Do those words sound familiar? That’s quite often the case with so-called proponents of green energy. The acronym NIMBY (not in my back yard) should really be replaced with BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything), according to Ryan Yonk, coauthor of a new book, “Green vs. Green.” Together, Yonk and Randy T. Simmons researched the regulatory environment faced by green energy producers, and their findings should surprise readers.
It turns out that regulatory and environmental opposition to green energy projects are about the same as those encountered by non-renewable energy projects. Wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biofuel projects all face opposition from so-called “green” groups. Cape Wind, Ivanpah Solar Farm, Telephone Flats and Four Mile Hill, Glen Canyon Dam, and Uintah Basin projects have all been opposed by environmental groups that say they favor the development of green energy.
At a recent panel discussion at Heritage, Yonk and Simmons explained that because the ideal locations for many of these green energy projects are situated on government land, proposed projects face a slew of regulatory and bureaucratic hurdles, all of which delay and discourage the development of green energy projects. This problem is made worse by the Obama Administration’s hyper-regulation over the past three years and its recent rulemaking delays, which only add uncertainty in an already murky regulatory environment. Yonk and Simmons set aside the technological and economic pitfalls of renewable energy and focused on the regulatory pitfalls.
If there is one difference between proposals for green energy and proposals for non-renewable energy, it’s that green groups are divided on the national and local level when it comes to their opposition toward green-energy projects.
Read more at The Foundry. By Bronson Stocking.