|Screen capture from Defenders of Wildlife's annual report touting green energy.|
Let's start with Kern County, California, where a major wind project was underdevelopment.
The Sierra Club (2011 revenue, $45 million, total assets $110 million), the Center for Biological Diversity (2010 revenue $8 million, assets $10 million) and Defenders of Wildlife (2010 revenue $34 million, total assets $24 million) have all sued to stop the development of a major wind energy project.
Of course, it is hardly news that wind energy kills birds. Yet, these groups -- in the abstract -- support it anyway.
One might think case this is an outlier. It is not.
Two other groups have sued to block a project in Oregon and a separate solar project in California.
In addition to these, there is litigation by Big Environment to stop wind development off Martha's Vineyard and other projects.
|Screen capture from Earthjustice 2011 annual report|
But, when it comes to "green" energy, one gets impression that these groups are insincere. They tout green energy in the abstract but, when it actually comes time to build something, they oppose it. Why? Don't know. But it is interesting that Earthjustice (motto: "Because the earth needs a good lawyer"), among others, receives millions each year in court awards. Connection? Don't know.
|Screen capture from Earthjustice's 2011 report. I've highlighted their|
revenue from court awards.
|Online Sierra Club advertisement. I did the screen capture this evening.|