The California Academy of Science in San Francisco shows a film illustrating the threatened death of up to 80 percent of the coral reefs in the world’s oceans due to global warming. When these reefs die, more than 80 percent of the ocean’s species will also disappear, utterly destroying the biodiversity of the seas. As an industrial nation, we can help in this fight by eliminating fossil fuels and switching to wind, solar, and the like.
It is therefore beyond ironic that the proposed solar farm in the Carrizo plains is being opposed by local environmental activists. Similarly, there is a wind generation farm in Texas being opposed by local environmental activists. These activists argue that the land where these developments are proposed is unique and forms a habitat for a variety of species, several of which are endangered. Unfortunately, the same argument could undoubtedly be made for any large tract of land anywhere in the United States. That is, it would undoubtedly be unique and undoubtedly the habitat for some creature.
These local objections to this urgent problem are examples of the NIMBY principal at work—that is, this is a terrible problem that needs solving, but not in my backyard. No wonder nothing happens.