I’m becoming convinced that the folks at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are not blatantly incompetent, merely malicious.

How else can to explain their latest bright idea: allow habitats to be trashed in the name of “green power” construction.

The Environmental News Service today carries a report that the Corps has drafted a plan to allow fill into streams and wetlands for land-based renewable energy projects, by excluding such projects from review by other agencies.

What are they thinking?

I fully support the government doing everything it can to promote and develop new sources of energy, but not at the cost of causing any form of environmental degradation. We’ve done enough damage as it is.