Policy For The Sake Of Policy?
Should we be surprised at this? Somebody, or some group, in San Francisco apparently isn't happy with PG&E's plans to build a wave power project of the Humboldt coastline.
I would think we should be surprised since wave power sounds like a dream come true to those concerned about the country's energy needs. You'd think the people in San Francisco, that supposed bastion of environmentalism, would welcome wave power research.
But nope, they're opposing the Humboldt project saying it's too early and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission needs to set policies on such research before a permit is issued.
Never mind that San Francisco already has the preliminary permit to begin a similar project in San Francisco Bay. It's not only mentioned in the article I linked to. There's an Associated Press story on page A3 of the Times- Standard hard copy that tells of San Francisco's plans. Couldn't find that story online.
What's up with that? Ok for them but not for us?
One has to wonder what the motivation is behind this move by San Francisco. Do officials there think they'll gain some competitive advantage by holding up the Humboldt project? Or is this just a case of big government San Francisco simply wanting policy for the sake of policy?
No way of knowing at this point but I suspect it's a little of both.