Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mojave Desert Blog: Desert Solar Policy Codifies Status Quo

Powerful words! Remember, the Desert is not empty, not a wasteland. The Desert is alive...


The Department of Interior today released the final version of a policy that will smooth the way for industrial-scale solar energy development on public lands throughout America's southwestern deserts.   Even though Interior weakened environmental protections seen in earlier drafts, and crafted the policy to meet industry demands--essentially putting on paper what is already Interior's de facto policy of allowing solar companies to bulldoze wherever they please--several national environmental groups still applauded the announcement, including the Sierra Club, NRDC, the Wilderness Society, and the national Audubon Society.  Their statements of support for the policy probably represent efforts to put positive spin on what is ultimately an environmental catastrophe for the renewable energy industry and our public lands.


Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org
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