The legal onslaught by environmentalists and their native Indian tribe allies against U.S. energy sources continues and this time the target what is considered a renewable energy source. Even the Associated Press recognizes that environmentalists support Biden’s green energy plans and he even approved of the plants’ construction. But the parties suing to stop construction of two Nevada geothermal plants obviously ignored the memo. This is another example that shows the proposals furthered by environmentalists to replace fossil fuels (i.e. wind, solar, and geothermal energy) are really window dressing.
Lawsuit seeks to block 2 geothermal power plants in Nevada
Conservationists and tribal leaders are suing the U.S. government to try to block construction of two geothermal plants in northern Nevada’s high desert
By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press, December 31, 2021
RENO, Nev. — Conservationists and tribal leaders are suing the U.S. government to try to block construction of two geothermal plants in northern Nevada’s high desert that they say will destroy a sacred hot springs and could push a rare toad to the brink of extinction.
The lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe says the project would turn a “pristine and unique location of ecological value and spiritual significance” into an industrial site.
It’s the latest public lands conflict pitting green energy production against potential harm to wildlife habitat or cultural resources in the biggest U.S. gold producing state, where legal challenges traditionally target things like hard-rock mining.
Environmentalists nationally have rallied around President Joe Biden’s ambitious renewable energy agenda, which embraces solar, wind and geothermal production.
Geothermal plants pump water from beneath the earth to generate steam to make electricity. The deeper they drill, the warmer the water is. The power plants produce significantly fewer greenhouse emissions than plants that burn natural gas or coal.
The lawsuit filed Dec. 15 accuses the Bureau of Land Management of illegally approving Ormat Technologies Inc.’s project in the Dixie Meadows about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Reno without the necessary environmental analysis.
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