Six Flags Great Adventure wants to build a 90-acre solar farm in their Jackson, New Jersey to power its theme park. The plan will entail cutting down almost 19,000 trees, would be just east of the amusement park’s Safari Park and would also hep cut down on greenhouse gasses the entertainment venue emits. In light of this proposal you would think environmentalists would jump for joy at such an announcement since Six Flags is being socially responsible for going green, right? Wrong!
According to The Washington Times, environmentalist groups such as the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club and Save Barnegat Bay, told The Asbury Park Press that the solar farm would destroy the ecosystem of the woodlands. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio poo-poohed the idea calling it an abomination gong on to say that the solar plant would be a huge mistake.
“The reputational risk for the company is very high,” Florio said. “The whole idea of a company that caters to young children doing the things that they’re doing is something that will not resonate well with young people.”
There are multiple instances when green groups have lobbied and sued to obstruct the construction of renewable energy sources. In Scotland, one environmentalist group is campaigning to halt construction of a wind farm that will be based near Loch Ness lake alleging the wind farm will be an environmental disaster. In New York, an environmentalist group is suing to block the approval of a power plant being brought online located on the Hudson River. The facility would use natural gas as its power source but Riverkeeper alleges the plant would pose a hazard to fish. Just last month in Monterey County, California, Defenders of Wildlife in conjunction with other environmentalist groups filed objections with county officials in order to halt construction of a solar power plant that would benefit Apple Computer company.
Most recently, in San Diego, California, Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD) filed a lawsuit in San Diego County court to prevent the construction of a solar power facility from being built. According to Courthouse News Service, the group contends that plant construction will destroy 1,185 acres of irreplaceable wildlife habitat and undeveloped open space, and replace it with industrial-scale energy development that will cut through the heart of the quiet and scenic Boulevard community,” while depleting groundwater resources, reducing agricultural land, and destroy scenic views with transmission lines supported by poles up to 150 feet tall.
Not only do environmentalists oppose fossil fuels, they also end up opposing their own schemes in order to cut back on greenhouse gasses. In the case of New Jersey since green groups won’t get any monetary benefit from Six Flags’ idea they and allies like Jim Florio condemn it. Environmentalist renewables schemes are not only inadequate for our power needs but green will also oppose facilities that utilize alternate power sources like natural gas and (in this case) solar. Environmentalists are not only anti-industry and anti-civilization and but are also pushing renewables in order for them to profit from them. Greens want their energy sources and ideas to reign supreme along with the money that goes along with them.