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Idaho clean energy project fails in US Congress
Idaho clean energy project fails in US Congress

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho scored a political victory Wednesday by blocking a clean energy project in the Magic Valley.

Along with Idaho Republican Governor Brad Little, he led legislative opposition to the Lava Ridge Windmill Project, a proposed wind farm that would create an estimated 700 jobs and reduce the state’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Simpson added language to the fiscal year 2025 funding package that could hinder the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) project next year. He advocated for the language in a statement to the media.

“The Lava Ridge Wind Project is unrealistic and has no place in our state. As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on the Interior and Environment – which has jurisdiction over the BLM – I will continue to fight with the people of Idaho against this project,” Simpson said.

Little celebrated the blockade on social media, arguing that the Lava Ridge Windmills were a violation of federal law.

“The Biden administration continues to mow down the people of Idaho and ignore our resistance to Lava Ridge. @CongMikeSimpson fights back. Thank you for standing up for the people of Idaho!” Little said.

Idaho’s government has long fought against clean energy projects. Most recently, the state’s Attorney General, Raúl R. Labrador, joined lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in May over regulations on coal-fired power plants and natural gas resources.

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