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US calls off solar moratorium

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Ben Arnoldy / The Christian Science Monitor

(Read caption) Solar panels line the roof of an office building in San Jose, Calif.

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Well, that didn't take long. On Sunday I posted an entry about how the Bureau of Land Management placed a two-year moratorium on solar energy projects on public lands, citing – get this – environmental concerns.

Now, following public outcry – no doubt prompted entirely by my blog post – the BLM is backing down. From their press release:

"We heard the concerns expressed during the scoping period about waiting to consider new applications," said BLM Director James Caswell, "and we are taking action. By continuing to accept and process new applications for solar energy projects, we will aggressively help meet growing interest in renewable energy sources, while ensuring environmental protections."
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