The Democrat War On Electricity

Feinstein: Don’t Spoil Our Desert With Solar Panels

California’s Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy.

Nineteen companies have submitted applications to build solar or wind facilities on a parcel of 500,000 desert acres, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Friday such development would violate the spirit of what conservationists had intended when they donated much of the land to the public.

Feinstein said Friday she intends to push legislation that would turn the land into a national monument, which would allow for existing uses to continue while preventing future development.

So, we’re going to bankrupt the coal industry. . .

And we can’t drill for our own oil . . .

And Obama’s sitting on Yucca Mountain, running out the clock on nuclear power . . .

And now no Democrat wants solar panels or wind turbines in their backyard. What’s left, spitballs?

See also:
Feinstein seeks block solar power from desert land
Feinstein Argues Against Mojave Desert Solar Power Plans
Feinstein seeks block solar power from desert land
Feinstein tries to halt solar projects on donated land
The Wind and the Willful
Kennedy faces fight on Cape Wind
Kerry offers bill to ban new coal plants with old tech
John Edwards: Ban on coal-fired power plants
Obama blocks offshore drilling
Obama wrong on offshore drilling
Nuking Clean Power
Budget Outline Scales Back Funds for Yucca Mountain
Mountain of Trouble
Yucca Mountain Repository

See a trend here? What good is the mythical ‘smart’ power grid if there’s no power generation source to connect it to?

/stock up on candles

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Can’t Keep State Secrets

Feinstein comment on U.S. drones likely to embarrass Pakistan

A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an air base in that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counter-terrorism collaboration with the United States.

The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise over Pakistani opposition to the campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Islamic extremist targets along Pakistan’s northwestern border.

“As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base,” she said.

The basing of the pilotless aircraft in Pakistan suggests a much deeper relationship with the United States on counter-terrorism matters than has been publicly acknowledged. Such an arrangement would be at odds with protests lodged by officials in Islamabad, the capital, and could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country.

The CIA declined to comment, but former U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, confirmed that Feinstein’s account was accurate.

See also:
United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Central Intelligence Agency
RQ-1 Predator MAE UAV

/pass the duct tape, maybe that’ll keep her mouth shut

Make Room Under The Bus

Forsaking Taiwan?

Some key Cabinet picks bode ill for Taiwan in its struggle for independence from Red China. Obama’s intelligence czar, for one, doesn’t think the key island democracy is worth protecting.

In fact, Adm. Dennis Blair regards Taiwan much like the Chinese Communists regard it — as a nuisance. His exact words are more colorful. At a late 1999 Capitol Hill meeting, Blair told staffers that Taiwan had become “the turd in the punch bowl” of U.S.-Chinese relations, as Bill Gertz reported in his book “The China Threat.”

If Taiwan were to declare itself an independent nation, Blair asserted, “I don’t think we should support them at all.”

The remark was viewed by at least one Senate aide who attended the closed-door meeting as a clear sign that the Clinton administration had aligned itself with the communist regime in China against democratic Taiwan, an alignment that seems to be repeating itself with this administration.

. . .

It’s not as if Blair’s negative remarks were a secret. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., asked Blair about them in written questions he submitted to the nominee outside the public hearings. (In his answers, Blair copped to the “turd” comment, but said he was referring not to Taiwan but to some unspecified action by a former Taiwanese government official.)

Why would senators have to keep such important questions private, when the fate of Taiwan could hang in the balance — along with possibly Japan and South Korea, and potentially the entire Pacific island chain stretching to Hawaii?

Answer: Because Sen. Dianne Feinstein is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which unanimously approved Blair as Obama’s top intel adviser. She and her billionaire husband, who does brisk business in Beijing, are notorious China boosters. Not surprisingly, she praised Blair throughout his nomination hearing.

/raise your hand if you seriously think Obama would lift a finger to defend Taiwan