A lot of you probably know this already, but I just found out and frankly, I’m stupefied.
In the criteria for approving new energy projects, climate change is practically reduced to a footnote.
For those just joining us, here’s the process as I understand it. Let’s say a developer wants to build a ground-based solar array to produce clean energy. It applies to the Public Service Department for a “certificate of public good.” The PSD goes through a very complicated process to determine whether a CPG is in order. It reports to the Public Utility Commission, a three-member “quasi-judicial body” that decides to issue or deny the CPG.
In the process, the PSD and PUC consider numerous factors. And climate change merits nothing more than a kinda-sorta passing mention.
Can somebody explain that to me?
Because to my mind, there is no greater public good than mitigating climate change. Is that not patently obvious?Continue reading