One reason why the application of alternative energy is so hard? Environmentalists keep objecting.
Yep, that's right.
Consider the case of El Centro, a city 100 miles east of San Diego that is a hotbed (pun intended) of solar, wind and geothermal energy that the folks at San Diego Gas & Electric would like to exploit. But they can't. Why not? Because people that the New York Times calls "neighbors and wilderness advocates" are objecting to a transmission line the utility needs to build to get the energy from El Centro
Their objection is that the transmission line would also carry power from other energy sources, including dirty ones. Such an objection is a diversion -- transmission lines carry all kinds of power, as opponents surely know.
No, this is the worst sort of environmental perfectionism. Even the development of alternative energy that helps preserve the environment requires some environmental tradeoffs. It's long past time to build that transmission line. If Gov-elect Brown is looking for something to do quickly, this is a project where he could crack skulls and force action, all in the name of progress.