Thursday, June 29, 2006

Sierra Club Sues Pentagon Over Wind Farms

From AFP:

The Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco charging the US Department of Defense (DOD) with blocking the construction of wind power plants.

The environmental group accused the Pentagon of essentially creating a nationwide moratorium on new wind farms by barring their construction within the line of sight of military radar.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the DOD failed to complete a congressionally-mandated study to determine whether windmills actually interfered with radar, the suit maintained.

"While the Defense Department drags its feet studying if wind farms are a threat to national security, Americans are missing out on cleaner, cheaper energy," said Sierra Club attorney Kristin Henry.

"If the military can have windmills and effective radar at Guantanamo, why can't we have both in the Midwest?"
For more on this story, take a look at SEJ's Tip Sheet. And for more on those wind turbines at Guantanamo, click here.

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3 comments:

David Bradish said...

If the Sierra Club sues the DOD for hindering new wind farms, is it game for the nuclear industry to sue Sierra Club or other environmental groups who try to hinder new nukes?

Jim Hopf said...

Yeah. If I understand their complaint, its about some organization blocking needed and desireable facilities over bogus "issues", for possibly cynical reasons/motivations.

Sound familiar? All I would say to the Sierra Club is, "see how it feels?"

FuturePundit said...

The DOD is dragging its feet abot wind power on behalf Teddy Kennedy and other powerful Senators and Reps. They are the ones who stick the stuff in appropriations bills that make the DOD the obstacle.