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Mojave Desert: Military wants to limit wind development

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A laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is validating military tests of how wind turbines affect radar. The matter has been discussed at the highest levels of the Navy and the Department of Defense. Military priorities tend to trump other land-use interests. The military’s concern could be a significant obstacle to wind energy development in Southern California’s deserts.  This article appeared in the Press-Enterprise, written by DAVID DANELSKI, quoted a spokesperson as saying: “The military always comes first on the food chain…”

Radar concerns already have killed several wind projects. In 2010, energy developers abandoned about a half-dozen proposed wind farms in the Barstow area after the Department of Defense raised objections. The radar issue is the second roadblock to wind development in California’s deserts. Miller said wind developers also are having trouble getting the permits they need from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because of concerns that the turbines will harm protected golden eagles and California condors.

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(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.


  1. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    Lets see you have GE, Siemens, and Mitsubishi the big three producing the turbines, they want and bought the subsidizes through congress to provide green energy up against the DODs need for tracking citizens movements , you think there will be some sort of tax funded compromise?
    No way will the surveillance of the citizens become bigger business

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      I guess you never read “1984.”

      • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

        I should, great author
        “Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950),[1] better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism”

        • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

          very good…. 1 atta boy

          • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

            Ya now I have a understanding of whats behind the word orwellian.

            • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

              That is truly Orwellian indeed.

            • desertrider desertrider says:

              Funny thing about that book, is the fact that Mr. Orwell had no concept of the anti-smoking nazi’s and the orwellian control they would have in our post 1984 society.

            • desertrider, smokers have paid billions over the year on cigarette taxes. Enough is enough. Hows about the drunks up in Sacramento… I don’t see new taxes on booze? It seems you are against taxing smokers. I am so against the Proposition to raise tax on cigarettes a dollar-a -pack. I don’t use tobacco but my vote will be NO on gouging more flesh from smokers.

        • @Mark C., “Down and out in Paris and London” is one of Blair’s books I read long ago. It had a positive impact on my life. It encourages and fuels compassion. Compassion is the essence of life, to whom some are running on empty.

          • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

            “…to have greater self-awareness or understanding means to have a better grasp of reality. Now, the opposite of reality is to project onto yourself qualities that are not there, ascribe to yourself characteristics in contrast to what is actually the case. For example, when you have a distorted view of yourself, such as through excessive pride or arrogance, because of these states of mind, you have an exaggerated sense of your qualities and personal abilities. Your view of your own abilities goes far beyond your actual abilities. On the other hand, when you have low self-esteem, then you underestimate your actual qualities and abilities. You belittle yourself, you put yourself down. This leads to a complete loss of faith in yourself. So excess–both in terms of exaggeration and devaluation–are equally destructive. lt is by addressing these obstacles and by constantly examining your personal character, qualities, and abilities, that you can learn to have greater self-understanding. This is the way to become more self-aware.”
            From “The Art of Happiness at Work” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

            • I read the Dalai Lama’s book; it’s in my library. Nonetheless — “Compassion” is the heart and soul of humanity. It’s the cornerstone of the Dalai Lama’s teachings and philosophy.

            • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

              My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water
              Mark Twain

  2. Terry Elam Terry Elam says:

    I read a book once called ” A Confederate General in Big Sur.”
    A very twisted tale with no impact on my life whatsoever.
    All my life lessons have came from the Brady Bunch.
    1984, 2000, 2012; what do they all have in common?
    George Orwell, or rather, Eric Blair simply put a different twist on an old plot, he has no more insight than a wart on Paris Hilton’s thigh.
    It’s called fiction my friends. One man’s take on the world. It means absolutely nothing.

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      no kidding Terry ” A Confederate General in Big Sur,” is one of my all time favorite books. The author was years later found in his house dead… apparently he had alienated so many of his family and friends he was not discovered until ha was mummified. Poor guy, reminds me of Commissioner Gordon.

      • Terry Elam Terry Elam says:

        I hear that close up a 44 Magnum can make quite a mess .
        The ramblings of a madman. I’ve read a great deal of Brautigan.
        Much less complex than Orwell with no lessons to be learned.
        I prefer to do my own critical thinking without the influence. Brautigan simply put you out there, then left you to your own devices. He didn’t distort reality. He was never in it.

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