Is Pueblo Getting Screwed on Solar?

July 16 2009, 9:23 AM

Why was one of Colorado's best sites for solar energy development not mentioned on a Western Governor's Association list of Western Renewable Energy Zones? That's what Pueblo County Public Works director Greg Severance wants to know, writes The Pueblo Chieftain. After all, there's potential to put a vast, man-made solar sea out by the Pueblo Chemical Depot, which is within proximity of important transmission lines, unlike other places on the list. But it isn't Governor Ritter who is screwing Pueblo. Rather, it's the unnamed contractor that assembled the list. And overall, the entire state of Colorado might be getting screwed. Todd Hartman, a spokesman for the governor, says the list doesn't give Colorado great representation. The report looked at "much of the Western United States and Canada, and found many of the best solar resources to be outside of Colorado entirely. (They are found) in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona." While that drama unfolds, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who told a Senate panel earlier this week that "there is a new administration in town," is facing stiff opposition in his attempts to reform the 1872 hard-rock mining law in order to help safeguard the environment--an "almost mythical quest on Capitol Hill, a symbol of an obvious problem that Washington can never figure out a way to fix," writes The Denver Post.