Gotta love this administration.
In any event, apparently the publicity was a bit, um, negative for BLM because according to this:
the freeze is over after less than a month. But don't worry! I'm sure they'll still drag their heels as along as bureaucratically possible on actually okaying any particular application.
FWIW, I'm not actually opposed to doing EISes on the idea in general and definitely on a per project basis. I'm just horrified that while this administration is pushing on ANWR and offshore drilling and more nuclear power plans (and we _know_ how bad all those are), they're all oooh-we-must-be-cautious with solar. Double standard, much?