Counties are blocking wind and solar across the US::Local governments across the U.S. are blocking new clean energy plants. See the best locations for wind and solar power, and where it’s being stopped.

  • @[email protected]
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    1202 months ago

    The inability to install solar panels on my home is enshrined in my HOA and is extremely unlikely to be overturned by our members. We should be passing laws making these types of restrictions illegal

    • @stoly
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      592 months ago

      There’s a story on Reddit about someone who snuck an extension cable onto the HOA president’s property and had it running something like an air conditioner full blast nonstop for months. They later said something to the effect of “oh yes, prices are going up but my friend who lives in the other city has solar and he’s fine”. This apparently convinced the person to change the bylaws.

      • @crypticthree
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        382 months ago

        We’re a country founded by slave owners who wrote things like “all men are created equal”

      • @stoly
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        282 months ago

        HOAs were literally created to make sure that black people couldn’t buy homes. These covenants put legal blocks on the deed for eternity to keep it from happening. It didn’t take long for white people to buy a house and then turn around and sell it to a black family. The entire thing crashed. What we are left with are small Karens and Chads trying to control the people around them.

        • phillaholic
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          92 months ago

          Minorities in general. Some of the first HOAs excluded Blacks, Jews, Asians, etc in literal writing. It took a SCOTUS case to overturn.

        • @[email protected]
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          02 months ago

          They also exist to make building a subdivision easier which is there primary purpose today.

          • nickwitha_k (he/him)
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            12 months ago

            You mistyped “allow municipalities to avoid their responsibilities and grant power to private shadow governments with storied histories of abuse and none of the hypothetical accountability that is guaranteed by the US Constitution”.

      • @bitchkat
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        52 months ago

        It was an Irishman that wrote “free to screw you before you screw me”.

    • @ImTryingLemmy
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      262 months ago

      Colorado House Bill 21-1229 is law here now, maybe your state can pass a bill like it too?

    • Ben Hur Horse Race
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      252 months ago

      what- the HOA folks are worried they’d see your PV panels instead of a shingled roof for the .4 seconds they see it at all while they’re parking in thier driveways?

      • @bitchkat
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        172 months ago

        HOA should be requiring solar instead of banning it.

          • @[email protected]
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            12 months ago

            I don’t live in an HOA but my home’s value went up $150k over the last couple years for absolutely nothing. It would be cool if a tiny portion of that increase was at least due to something like solar panels being installed.

          • @bitchkat
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            -82 months ago

            No one is forcing you to buy a home in an HOA that requires solar.

              • @bitchkat
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                02 months ago

                I do have sympathy for people that vote NO on large capital expense assessments because its expensive for them and then have to come up with the money anyways.

            • @[email protected]
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              -12 months ago

              I love how you used the entire argument against HOAs to argue against HOAs, yet still got downvoted.

              I appreciated the irony.

    • @[email protected]
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      212 months ago

      Where I’m from, laws were changed so communities like this can’t block lot modifications that improve a lot’s sustainability performance (e.g. rooftop solar, rainwater harvesting, etc.). Not that anyone here would block rooftop solar, it’s wildly popular.

    • @frostysauce
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      182 months ago

      We should be passing laws making these types of restrictions HOAs illegal

      FTFY

    • @[email protected]
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      82 months ago

      Yes. And some states (e.g. Washington) already have.

      The governing documents may not prohibit the installation of a solar energy panel by an owner or resident on the owner’s or resident’s property […]

    • @stoly
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      82 months ago

      I suspect that more states will follow WA and CA and start saying that counties and cities no longer can block things like denser housing, extra units on a lot, or solar.

      • phillaholic
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        22 months ago

        Find an HOA with conservative leadership and you’ll find all sorts of bs. Worse when they weren’t like that when you bought, but have turned into a MAGA idiot and reject anything green on principle.

  • MushuChupacabra
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    852 months ago

    Would that be Republican controlled counties?

    • @[email protected]
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      42 months ago

      I live in uber-blue NW Oregon and even my county banned solar farms because they claim it’s wasting our fertile soil that can be used for factory farming instead. The county is controlled by douchy Republicans though

    • @gaifux
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      12 months ago

      Democrats are better

    • @[email protected]
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      -172 months ago

      Odds are that they are Republican counties because wind and solar tend to be built in rural areas and rural areas tend to be Republican. I would actually expect Democrat held areas to also oppose them because people in general are NIMBY.

      That said, there are a bunch of valid reasons to oppose large scale projects that can be addressed. A primary problem is the disruption to the local area, either by destroying roads not designed for the heavy machinery or the government taking land from locals that is necessary to implement the project. Both could be handled differently than they tend to be as the large companies that implement these projects tend to not care about locals already living in the area. Some ways they could improve the process would be to improve the roads and offer better compensation for affected locals, but there are valid reasons that some retired person who lives in the home they grew up in to oppose a power plant even if it would be a net benefit to society.

      That is to say it is complicated and the best that can be done is better treatment of the people that are impacted by these projects while understanding that some are just complaining to complain and some really do have valid complaints that need to be better addressed so progress can be made.

      • @RememberTheApollo
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        702 months ago

        I’ve lived in left leaning areas for decades. Solar is everywhere, from rooftops to open fields. We don’t have a ton of wind, but there’s a lot of offshore farms and quite a few in the hills. Nobody is “taking” land, it’s sold by the landowner.

        If right wing areas are blocking renewables it’s far more likely to be done so it props up the fossil fuel/power generation companies and has little or nothing to do with any actual drawbacks of renewables or their installation.

        • @frostysauce
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          02 months ago

          Nobody is “taking” land, it’s sold by the landowner.

          If someone “owns” land that land was taken by somebody.

        • @[email protected]
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          -182 months ago

          Rural folks don’t care about other people having rooftop solar panels. I am also not talking about offshore farms, which should be clear by my example about someone’s house being impacted.

          Large scale wind and solar do require some legal action in rural areas to make them feasible. The most common is needing to run the extremely large power lines across fields to the centralized distribution centers.

          It needs to be done, and people will be impacted, but they are still people and shouldn’t be ignored completely. In general, they should probably be conpensated more than they are for the inconvenience of having land forcibly purchased from them, or for the negative impacts on their area that are unavoidable for such large scale projects.

      • Fubarberry
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        62 months ago

        Not sure why you’re being downvoted, I’m pretty sure you’re correct.

        From reading more about the blocked installs here, most of them have to do with the distance between wind turbines and nearby property lines. Many states are passing laws that the turbine has to be far enough away from property lines that it can’t fall onto someone else’s property, which seems reasonable. However these restrictions make building turbines difficult and limits what land is viable. Many counties require 1.1x to 1.5x the height of the turbine as a safety distance, which with the typical turbine height of 600’ means 660-900 ft radius around the tower that doesn’t overlap someone else’s property. Some counties have really high distance requirements, that go up to 1320’ (a quarter mile) or farther.

        The other concern is sound levels, with some counties limiting how loud the turbines can be to nearby properties.

        Solar has less restrictions than wind, places with restrictions on it seem to just be limiting the max solar farm size. I’m not sure what the purpose behind that limitation is.

        • @Grimy
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          172 months ago

          Your link clearly explains how counties are setting excessive limits to effectively ban wind farms, like having a 1 mile radius near any property when only 1000 feet is required or demanding it makes less noise than a dishwasher.

          The reasons for these limitations are to keep us dependent on gas and coal for as long as possible. This is outright corruption, shame on the ones defending it.

            • @[email protected]
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              42 months ago

              Do you plan to sleep on a wind turbine?

              If I put a dishwasher 100ft away, can you still hear it? What about 100ft and an insulated wall?

        • @[email protected]
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          22 months ago

          Many states are passing laws that the turbine has to be far enough away from property lines that it can’t fall onto someone else’s property, which seems reasonable. However these restrictions make building turbines difficult and limits what land is viable. Many counties require 1.1x to 1.5x the height of the turbine as a safety distance, which with the typical turbine height of 600’ means 660-900 ft radius around the tower that doesn’t overlap someone else’s property.

          They could just build shorter turbines, but the big energy companies will whine it doesn’t make them enough money.

        • @[email protected]
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          -32 months ago

          Not sure why you’re being downvoted

          Based on replies I don’t think people read the whole post or just don’t understand nuance.

          • @rdyoung
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            This is true across the web. Not only do some people not read through it all and not understand the nuance even if they did read all of it, they also tend to play follow the leader and downvote when others already have instead of taking a minute or two out of their day and deciding for themselves.

            I really wish we could get away from the up/down votes. Despite knowing better and honestly not giving a flying fuck, I find myself obsessed with it at times and it’s not healthy. As much as I dislike the emoticons that have taken over, I’d almost prefer that. Use hearts or smiley faces or something and show the actual ratio of up/down, ie 5 hearts and 5 frowny face or whatever.

            • @[email protected]
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              32 months ago

              I’ll take imperfect up/down vote usage that helps filter out the worst takes the majority of the time over letting horrible people appear to be on the same level as a reasonable take.

              In general I try to go back on downvoted posts to see if I was unclear to improve it for next time. But I am guilty of relying on prior voters knowing about context and end up using group concensus to vote posts up or down when they are a bit unclear on intent, so can’t really blame others that donthe same.

              I try and not assume the worst in people, but over time it is getting really hard not to knowing how common it is for malicious actors to use subtle hints to sway opinion.

              • @grue
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                52 months ago

                In general I try to go back on downvoted posts to see if I was unclear to improve it for next time. But I am guilty of relying on prior voters knowing about context and end up using group concensus to vote posts up or down when they are a bit unclear on intent, so can’t really blame others that donthe same.

                I’m not sure why, but it was the beginning of your second paragraph where my urge to reflexively downvote you (after having been primed by seeing the existing score) was strongest. It might be because I skimmed over the “that can be addressed” part, or just that “disruption to the local area” is a relatively weak criticism and citing it as your primary example set off my reactionary spidey-sense a little.

                Frankly, I’m not sure what you could’ve done differently. Maybe change that first sentence to something like “That said, the reasons locals oppose large scale projects aren’t always entirely invalid?”

                • @[email protected]
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                  22 months ago

                  This is great feedback!

                  I feel like trying to start positive feels like saying “I agree with everything, BUT…” so I tend to reinforce at the end to reinforce my overall point with context. Maybe that is just me and how many times I see people say they agree and then completely disagree for the rest of the post.

                  Thank you for taking the time!

              • @rdyoung
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                My issue with the downvotes is that it is regularly brigaded even if it’s not an organized effort. Legit contributions get shouted down to being hidden while other non helpful or downright dangerous info is kept above it. On reddit with the smaller subs it doesn’t matter especially when it’s a post because it’s still going to show in the sub. And while lemmy/fediverse is still small and growing, this will most definitely push plenty of people (likely me included) to not be as active because the majority of people don’t seem to be capable of having a real conversation and instead just downvote and move on.

                The one thing lemmy and the fediverse has going for it is not having karma attached to your account so you don’t have people looking for upvotes for legitimacy and you don’t have downvote troll farmers who see how far negative they can get.

                I could also see keeping the up/down and total so long as it’s hidden (but accessible to those that want to see it). I’d also be okay if downvoting enough of a specific accounts comments or posts automatically hid it from you (without blocking them completely).

                And to make my point even clearer. Multiple someones have been going through my comment history and downvoting everything they can. The only ones they haven’t are probably the ones that the post was deleted so while I can see my comment, I can’t see any responses or the ones I responded to. And lemmy doesn’t do that random bullshit that reddit does so I know they are real.

                And even more on the nose here. I’m sure this addendum will sound like I am crying to a few or more of the drive by downvoters here and will bring in an onslaught of downvotes because as you already brought up, way too many people don’t take the time to think about what they are reading and just react silently or by responding as if they are a 3rd grader bullying a toddler on the playground, likely because no one loves them enough (because they are hell to be around).

                I’ll get ahead of it. Bring on the downvotes mfers.

            • @grue
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              22 months ago

              I really wish we could get away from the up/down votes. Despite knowing better and honestly not giving a flying fuck, I find myself obsessed with it at times and it’s not healthy. As much as I dislike the emoticons that have taken over, I’d almost prefer that. Use hearts or smiley faces or something and show the actual ratio of up/down, ie 5 hearts and 5 frowny face or whatever.

              As I lamented a few days ago, I still miss Slashdot’s moderation system.

      • @[email protected]
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        22 months ago

        I feel like we always do things exactly the opposite of whatever rational would be.

        “These people aren’t using the land to it’s full potential so we’re justified in murdering them and taking the land.” - About the people living half naked off the land.

        “You can’t just make people move, even if you compensate them and are doing it for the greater good.” - About the people who drive a pickup truck to Walmart.

        I know there’s more nuance, it’s just funny to me.

      • LEX
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        -82 months ago

        Are you serious? Boo fucking hoo.

        • @angrymouse
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          112 months ago

          Not OP but the thing about locals is serious, in Brazil I know about some wind farms that had disrupted the life of locals because was made too close of their houses, and these windmills are very loud. Now ppl can’t live a decent life there and energy companies gave compensation to them.

  • @Boop2133
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    612 months ago

    We need more coal mines the children yearn for the mines

    • @frostysauce
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      22 months ago

      Yo dawg. I heard you like your miners to be minors…

    • nifty
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      The mines have cute little canaries in them so they’ll get to play with little pets

  • Optional
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    502 months ago

    I’m not sure if it wasn’t clear, but THE PLANET IS DYING.

    • @neumast
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      372 months ago

      The planet itself will survive this easily, the inhabitants on the other hand…

      • @SupraMario
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        72 months ago

        Yep, this is what I tell people…the planet will recover just fine…but just after it’s killed pretty much everything off and started over.

    • @puppy
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      182 months ago

      Nah the planet will be just fine. Humans (and other living things) though will truly be fucked.

      • @hardcoreufo
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        72 months ago

        Some living things will make it through the extinction event and the next sentient species will fuck it all up again in a billion years or so.

        • @[email protected]
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          32 months ago

          Assuming they can even get to our level, we already extracted the easily reachable fossil fuels and the circumstances that originally created them (lots of trees dying and not being broken down by fungi) probably won’t ever reoccur.

          Maybe something will turn all the plastic we’re making into a new fossil fuel, but more likely any civilization that comes after us will be stuck in the bronze/iron age.

          • @frostysauce
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            12 months ago

            This has all happened before and it will all happen again.

    • @BaardFigur
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      -142 months ago

      And the solution is to kill pristine nature?

      Build more nuclear power, ffs

      • @afraid_of_zombies
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        72 months ago

        Can’t the boomers are still around and they still remember when Jane Fonda was easy on the eyes. Plus you know you got the granola gluten free spiritual not religious types now who are convinced they can generate electricity from unicorn farts.

          • @afraid_of_zombies
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            -32 months ago

            Don’t believe it. Also was that before or after she shot at US soldiers?

            • @[email protected]
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              02 months ago

              I don’t think she shot at anyone, she was photographed sitting on an air defense gun in North Vietnam if that’s what you mean.

              And it’s true about the video profits, it’s all a matter of public record you can look it up if you’re so inclined.

                • @frostysauce
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                  02 months ago

                  This right here is where I stopped carrying what you have to say.

                • @[email protected]
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                  02 months ago

                  Read up on the Campaign for Economic Democracy it’s a really interesting bit of history. She’s been involved in activism her whole life - anti war, feminism, climate protection and economic justice causes, actually a really cool person (if you like left wing causes)

  • @grue
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    392 months ago

    Maybe some of these things (at least rooftop solar, but maybe not wind turbines) ought to be guaranteed by right on a Federal basis, kind of like how the FTC prevents local governments from stopping people from putting up antennas.

    • @SuperSynthia
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      72 months ago

      The biggest barrier to consumer renewable energy is price (and it has gone down considerably already.) Big projects ensures more development, which can lead to even lower prices.

      With the state of the US power grid, we need more big renewable projects everywhere. Better subsidies on home renewables to take stress off the grid. The sooner the better !

    • @[email protected]
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      62 months ago

      From the article it looks to be only “utility-scale” projects that are blocked, I assume that doesn’t include roof solar.

  • @Phegan
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    292 months ago

    We are really fucking bad at this

  • @dhork
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    242 months ago

    I know what they mean, but the headline makes it sound like they’re building a big-ass dome across the US, to block out the sun and wind entirely.

    • @Wogi
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      132 months ago

      Some of these guys believe the earth is literally under a dome already. They also seem to think that wind farms are a global conspiracy to turn them gay or something.

  • @Desistance
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    102 months ago

    Their interactive map says mostly the Midwest.

  • @recapitated
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    82 months ago

    The Simpsons already did this bit.

  • @Shortbus
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    I live in SE NC. Duke energy has incentives for solar and they are about to pay for the installation of my Tesla charger in my garage… It’s not all bad I guess…