Discussing Green Development in Kern County with On Earth Magazine’s Michael Behar

May 28, 2010

In this show, green writer Michael Behar joins Mike and John to discuss a storyline investigation he recently did on renewable energy in “Red America,” Kern County, CA, for the NRDC’s OnEarth magazine. “What Kern did was memorize the California Environmental Quality Act,” Behar says. “They’re really good at navigating it, and when a developer comes in, they guide them through the process. [Dealing with counties] is never smooth, but they’ve turned the tables around.” Kern County, near Bakersfield, prides itself on its understanding of renewable energies — solar and wind power in particular — and guides developers toward successful growth and development in the area.