November 27, 2009 6:47 AM

Lake Tahoe area facing new development battle

As snow begins to blanket Lake Tahoe, the region finds itself facing a new kind of development battle: green vs. green. Roger Wittenberg, an inventor and developer, wants to tear down the cavernous old Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino and replace it with a $140 million eco-friendly resort he says will work environmental miracles by shrinking carbon emissions and reducing the flow of sediment into the lake. But some environmentalists and area residents are wary.

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