We all know how much political clout the oil industry wields. For instance, DeSmogBlog reported earlier this week.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had a "no fly zone" in place in Mayflower, Arkansas since April 1 at 2:12 PM and will be in place "until further notice," according to the FAA website and it's being overseen by ExxonMobil itself. In other words, any media or independent observers who want to witness the tar sands spill disaster have to ask Exxon's permission.
Mayflower is the site of the recent major March 29 ExxonMobil Pegagus tar sands pipeline spill, which belched out an estimated 5,000 barrels of tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") into the small town's neighborhoods, causing theevacuation of 22 homes.
So here's a question: would a solar company have the influence to get the FAA to give it a no-fly zone in the event it had a "spill" or accident like ExxonMobil just did? Of course, as the joke goes, when solar has a big spill, it's what most of us call a "beautiful, sunny day." The point being, solar wouldn't need a no-fly zone, because solar is a safe, clean technology, one that certainly doesn't turn residential communities into toxic waste cleanup zones.