Friday, December 18, 2009

Schwarzenegger: Beyond Copenhagen, global warming requires grassroots action

Strong piece by the Governator here:

One hundred and fifty years ago, the Industrial Revolution changed the world and ushered in a new era of prosperity. Today, the Green Revolution can do the same.

I don't agree with everything Arnold says in here, but I do agree that environmental groups can't both oppose new coal plants AND new transmission lines (and wind farms and solar facilities).  We do, of course, need to make sure that the transmission lines and renewable energy infrastructure are planned and installed in as ecologically sound of a manner as possible, minimizing impacts to ecosystem services and biodiversity.

That's a major reason I'm so in favor of using otherwise wasted roof tops (especially of buildings) to install solar panels.  Additional intriguing locations for solar and wind development include former (and even current) copper, gold and coal mines, and other such places where the land has already been disturbed and degraded.


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Update: Amanda Little at Grist shreds the governor's speech at Copenhagen.  As we've reported here at CV Notes, the type of policy uncertainty that seems to be continuing in Copenhagen is holding back the market from really unleashing the types of solutions that Schwarzenegger is touting!

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