Environmentalists Now Hate All Construction, Even ‘Green’ Projects

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Andrew Follett Energy and Science Reporter
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Environmental groups are turning against all new construction, even if it’s for “green” goals, as shown by a California Supreme Court Case published Wednesday.

The case centers around the Center For Biological Diversity (CBD) suing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to prevent a relatively “green” housing development from being built without an extensive analysis of all potential environmental impacts. The analysis CBD wants would have delayed the project for years and created millions of dollars in costs. The California Supreme Court granted CBD a partial victory.

“Given the glacial pace of litigation, this will easily take years…. [d]elay can become its own reward for [environmentalist] project opponents,” says Ming Chin, a California Supreme Court justice who dissented on the case.

Environmental groups like CBD have a long history of pursuing legal action against even “green” development, like solar farms which encroach on animal habitats and kill tens of thousands of birds.

Environmentalists are already concerned about how solar panels and the conventional batteries required to “back them up” use materials like cobalt, nickel, molybdenum, or highly purified silicon in their construction. All of these materials must be mined, refined and manufactured. Additionally, the industrial processes required to build solar panels take a lot of energy as well and has the potential to contaminate the environment.

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