Wind and solar power will never contribute a significant percentage of our total energy needs. That's just a fact, agreed to by most experts. Perhaps 8% is a very high estimate, and most estimates are lower than 8%. Committing huge sums of taxpayer money is simply not a wise investment, and may very well be considered a pay off by the Obama Administration to environmental groups and special interests, who helped considerably in his election. Since this thread was begun, we've all seen the fallout from the Solyndra scandal, which certainly appears to be a payoff for political support, using taxpayer money, which has the added benefit to insiders who invested in such scams. This is what happens when government chooses winners and losers using political criteria instead of science, common sense, and the Constitution as its guide.
It is very much the same with locking up public lands to public access and motorized recreation. Instead of choosing policies on the merits of the competing interests, decisions are made by a largely unaccountable federal agency, bowing under pressure from special interest groups, to the detriment of our most precious commodity, which is the liberty of the American people to influence what happens with their own public lands. When Congress and the Administration get involved, it gets worse. Beyond destroying liberty, precious and scarce financial resources belonging to taxpayers are squandered on the illegal practice of political pandering, disguised as energy policy, land use policy, or a few dozen other supposedly good things our government is doing with trillions of tax dollars it will collect from our grandchildren. Those who support such policies claim to be the smartest people we have. In reality, they are incredibly stupid and naiive. Their policies often have unintended consequences, and some even have the unfortunate distinction of actually making the stated problem worse, not better. The list is long, and I won't belabor the point here. But I think we now have enough experience with environmental lobby preferred policies to understand that they usually end up being a net detriment to society, rather than any stated benefit. I'm all in favor of sensible personal habits which help our environment, and reduce our net impact as a species. But we're tired of having political policy disguised as environmental policy shoved down our throats, watching it backfire on us, spending our grandchildrens' retirement savings to implement them, and locking out taxpayers from their own lands in the process. A little common sense would go a long way here.