2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 00:29:31 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] ENERGY: Defense opposes Oregon wind farm
Nearly two years ago, I warned of the impending train wreck between Defense radar and wind farms, and I called for a systematic approach to resolving the conflict.
As the following article shows, that problem-solving approach is needed now, more than ever. - LS

Pentagon objections hold up Oregon wind farm

By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post
April 15, 2010

One of the Obama administration's prime initiatives -- the development of sources of alternative energy to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil, create American jobs and combat climate change -- is being jeopardized by competing concerns of the Defense Department.

The Pentagon is threatening to scuttle what promises to be the world's largest wind farm, in eastern Oregon, arguing that the giant turbines could interfere with an Air Force radar system.

Caithness Energy had planned to break ground two weeks from now on the 845-megawatt, $2 billion Shepherds Flat wind farm near Arlington, Ore., an economically depressed rural community. But last month, Pentagon officials moved to deny the developer its final Federal Aviation Administration permit.

The move has sparked an intense lobbying battle and White House-led negotiations as senior Obama administration officials hope to avert a showdown that could cost 16,000 American jobs. The Pentagon's objections could put at risk three other major wind projects in the same region, along with proposed farms in states from Illinois to Texas. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said the dispute "is not about one project. It's about the future of renewable, domestic, clean power."


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Lenny Siegel
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