According to an article in The Washington Post, not only are Californian’s opposed to having wind turbines and solar panels in their back yard, they’re opposed to the very power lines bringing them this alternative energy. It also goes without saying that this is going to be a big problem for California in the years to come since they passed a government mandate back in 2006 that requires that California have 20 % alternative energy by 2010. Alternative energy, according to the article, means a group portfolio of wind, solar, and geothermal. In California, the best solar and wind energy is in the deserts, plains, and remote hilltops like where rancher and political activist Donna Tisdale lives. She has been fighting Sunrise Powerlink for three years against implementing a 123 mile transmission line from the Imperial Valley to San Diego. She thinks that it will destroy the property value of her land, and that “No matter which way you look, you won’t be able to get away from it.”
 Peter Slevin and Steven Mufson, Alternative Energy Still Facing Headwinds, 2/17/09, Washington Post.