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Biden Wants to Take Land From Marine Sanctuary for Billionaire Dem Donor’s Wind Farm

Biden Wants to Take Land From Marine Sanctuary for Billionaire Dem Donor’s Wind Farm

“The Biden administration late last month proposed cutting about 1,400 square miles of ocean and coastline from an Indian tribe’s proposed national marine sanctuary to make room for wind turbine infrastructure.”

Hypocrisy alert!

President Joe Biden’s administration wants to strip 1,400 square miles from an Indian tribe’s proposed marine sanctuary for a billionaire Democrat donor’s wind farm.

The proposed sanctuary is off the coast of California, just north of Santa Barbara.

Oh, it’s okay to take away land if it’s for the left’s clean energy agenda.

It’s also a reminder that the left has those evil billionaire donors they must satisfy to keep the money rolling in. From The Washington Free Beacon (emphasis my own):

The Biden administration late last month proposed cutting about 1,400 square miles of ocean and coastline from an Indian tribe’s proposed national marine sanctuary to make room for wind turbine infrastructure. One of these factories would belong to Invenergy, whose founder and CEO Michael Polsky has given more than $400,000 to Democrats since 2016. His company shelled out $2.4 million to lobby the White House, federal agencies, and Congress this year.

The proposal reflects a conflict between efforts to fight climate change and those to preserve natural habitats. The Biden administration’s proposal would benefit green energy companies and generate renewable energy, but environmental groups have sounded the alarm on such projects noting that they kill birds and whales—the very wildlife that the marine sanctuary seeks to preserve. The proposal also reflects the green energy industry’s status as a major player in the Democratic Party. Biden has invested billions of taxpayer dollars into renewable energy projects backed by liberal billionaires, enriching them in the process.

Lobbying is okay if you’re a Democrat. I wonder if Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse considers the millions “dark money.”

The Northern Chumash tribal council asked for a 7,600-square-mile marine sanctuary in 2015.

The cut cannot just happen. It has to go through public comment first.

But the wind turbines leave whales, birds, and other animals at risk. I thought we needed to preserve and save the animals. Remember how they made us all freak out about polar bears?

Leslie has done a great job documenting all the dead whales washing up on the East Coast. Environmentalists have warned of the dangers of wind farms in the ocean due to these deaths.

NOAA’s West Coast marine sanctuary coordinator even admitted they have concerns:

Paul Michel, NOAA’s West Coast marine sanctuary coordinator, told the Free Beacon that “concerns are out there” about turbines harming whales, but it’s unclear if that will happen. The offshore wind companies themselves will be responsible for calculating potential environmental damage, he added, but they won’t have to do so until they have finished their plans for building and operating their turbines.

“We just do not know,” he said. “There’s never been this level of wind farm development in the United States.”


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E Howard Hunt | September 12, 2023 at 11:06 am

Will Liz Warren intercede to protect her peoples’ sacred tribal land?

2smartforlibs | September 12, 2023 at 11:22 am

No need to drill when you can waste the land on a taxpayer-funded wind farm.

The Gentle Grizzly | September 12, 2023 at 11:55 am

I thought it was the awful nasty no-good Republicans that did this sort of thing?

CommoChief | September 12, 2023 at 11:55 am

This encapsulates Rich men North of Richmond. For an admin with ethical clouds and accusations of influence peddling to consider granting such a concession/carve out to a major political donor seems like bad politics. Especially so when the carve out comes at the expense of a ‘diversity’ ally.

Just as an FYI – That particular “corner” on the California coast is known as “Point Conception” and is the home to “The Ranch” a secluded, wildly exclusive collection of homes and ranches that has been protected from development for decades.

It is also home to some of the most sought-after surfing beaches in the entire state. Mainly because it is so secluded and access-restricted. As a surfer, to get there you have to park at Gaviota Creek and walk MILES up the beaches, but only below the high tide line (which can be dangerous)…OR you have to take a boat. No one who is not a landowner in The Ranch has access to the beaches. Despite California’s long-standing rules that the entire coast is supposed to be open to the public.

The residents of “The Ranch” have fought access, spent tens millions of dollars litigating to further prevent access…. And now Biden is going to destroy their beaches with a wind farm.

These are the same useful idiots that have worked for decades to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power facility that sits (on a tiny footprint) in the same general stretch of coastline.

The level of ackjassery is just perfect. PERFECT.

Governor Abbott needs to take note.

If he attaches his floats to a line of Wind Turbines down the center of the Rio Grande, the environmentalists won’t make a peep about those endangered mussels.

DaveGinOly | September 12, 2023 at 1:39 pm

Not to worry. Environmentalists are already protesting against the mining of lithium in the American West, so we won’t have the batteries for the cars they want us to drive. Doubtless, they’ll protest the development of this wind farm, because there’s nothing better to obviate the practicality of electric vehicles than a dearth of electricity and an insufficient supply of batteries. And this from the folks who want us in electric vehicles.

If the above statement seems confusing, that’s because it is.

henrybowman | September 12, 2023 at 2:06 pm

“Oh, it’s okay to take away land
if it’s for the left’s clean toy energy agenda.”

not_a_lawyer | September 12, 2023 at 2:37 pm

I am familiar with the area, having gone to UCSB decades ago. Everything LCP said above is true.

The high tide line of which he speaks comes up to the cliffs in some parts, meaning that if you walk up the coastline from Gaviota State Park, you can become trapped when the tide comes in, which can be deadly.

There are no housing tracts on Gaviota Ranch; basically all homes are individual ranches on 30+ acres each, the size of your home and the number of outbuildings you may have are strictly controlled.

The Gaviota Ranch Homeowner’s association is quite clear that their rules are ‘not for everyone’ (their words). For example, if you own a ranch and have guests visit, those guests are not allowed to visit the beaches unless they are accompanied by a homeowner.

Point Conception is the point at which the southern CA coastline goes from East-West to North-South. There is a lighthouse there that you cannot visit.

I am not a fan of wind as a source of energy for an industrial economy, but once you get North of Point Conception, the wind coming off the ocean is strong and persistent, so I can see why it has been selected as a wind-energy site.

The whole off-shore area is dotted with oil rigs. If you walk on the beaches barefoot, you will get tar on your feet. The oily environment is entirely natural, pre-dating the industrial revolution. In the dormitories at UCSB, the shower facility is basically a communal locker-room type of area. The surfers had set up a ‘tar-removal’ station in there, with some sort of solvent to remove the tar from their feet.

I guess my point is that the Gaviota Ranch homeowners are all multi-millionaires, and it would seem they would have enough political clout to derail this operation, much like the MA homeowners on Cape Cod have derailed wind operations there.


Subotai Bahadur | September 12, 2023 at 4:13 pm

This is the Regime’s country where a Democrat donor always outweighs Mother Gaia.

And non-Democrat donors are always outweighed by Mother Gaia for the benefit of Leftists.

Subotai Bahadur

Huh…billions of taxpayers dollars in subsidies for bird and whale killing windmills that are useless versus private companies buying drilling rights and paying billions into government coffers for the privilege. Guess it’s who you shovel the money to

ChrisPeters | September 12, 2023 at 7:47 pm

Bye-bye, Green New Deal . . .

Hello. GREENBACKS New Deal!!!!!

Biden Wants to Take Land From Marine Sanctuary for Billionaire Dem Donor’s Wind Farm

Proposed marine sanctuary. That’s a key word.

wileypeyote | September 13, 2023 at 6:48 am

Ah, it’s good to be the king!

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