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America’s First Executive Order Threatening National Monuments

By Roy L Hales

President Donald Trump may soon become the first U.S. President to ever revoke the status of federal lands designated as national monuments. He is concerned that “wasteful regulations … create barriers to achieving energy independence” and curtail “economic growth.” So today Trump signed America’s first executive order threatening National Monuments.

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Industry Coalition Opposes DRECP Limitations

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmSome think of Ivanpah as a renewable milestone. Mojave elder Reverend Ron Van Fleet finds it an obstacle to performing rituals at a sacred site within the  solar plant’s enclosure. The residents of Boulevard were more successful fighting against encroaching industrial scale wind and solar plants. Environmentalists are concerned about the negative impacts sites have on threatened species like the desert tortoise, . These are the kind of problems that led to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Only now an industry coalition opposes DRECP limitations to renewable growth.

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The Solar Industry Is More Transparent

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition’s (SVTC) sixth annual solar scorecard shows a marked improvement over last year. Most companies are scoring higher. The solar industry is more transparent.

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California’s 9th Circuit Hears Appeal on Ivanpah

By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In a remote corner of the Mojave Desert, 15 miles from Las Vegas, stands the expansive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Occupying 5 square miles, the facility seems to swallow up a stunning expanse of desert including animals, plants and now, spiritual and cultural resources.

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With Lawsuit Pending, Feds Cancel Idaho Predator-killing Derby

Press Release from Project Coyote, Center for Biological Diversity & Western Watersheds Project (& the ECOreport podcast) 

BOISE, Idaho —In response to a lawsuit from conservation groups, the Bureau of Land Management has decided to cancel a permit allowing an anti-wolf organization to conduct a “predator derby” on more than 3 million acres of public lands near Salmon, Idaho.

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Industry Leaders on SVTC’s 2014 Solar Scorecard

Originally Published in Clean Technica 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Every year, the Silicon Vally Toxic Coaltion (SVTC) sends out a survey to PV solar manufacturers. Though companies do not have to respond, this does not stop the SVTC from evaluating them. It simply means there is less information and, consequently, they receive lower marks. The “Industry Leaders” on SVTC’s 5th annual 2014 scorecard are: Trina Solar (92), SunPower (88), Yingli Green Energy (81), SolarWorld (73) and REC (71).

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Protector of the Sacred Sites

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOriginally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM

Audio from Thursday, August 7. The first part of that program was about a First Nations burial ground on Grace Islet in BC. The podcast below, “Protector of the Sacred Sites,” ran from 9:12 – 9:30. It revolves around the clash between solar projects and Native American Sacred sites in Southern California.

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McCoy & Blythe Solar Projects Approved, Despite Sacred Sites

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe announcement follows the California Energy Commission’s approval of a similar project by NextEra Blythe Solar Energy. The Bureau of Land Management’s decision: McCoy & Blythe Solar Projects approved, despite sacred sites.

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Will September 24 Be A Day Of Reckoning?

According to Native American activists, the BLM failed to consult before putting Genesis on their old village site. Will September 24 Be A Day Of Reckoning?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In June 2010, two of the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) archaeologists reported that, as a result of planned industrial scale solar projects, “ … more than 800 sites within the I-10 Corridor, and 17,000 sites within the Southern California Desert Region, will potentially be destroyed. Mitigation can reduce the impact of this destruction, but not to a less-than-significant level.” Continue reading Will September 24 Be A Day Of Reckoning?

Las Vegas Premiere Set To Expose BLM Mismanagement

Las Vegas Premiere Set To Expose BLM Mismanagement; Secretaries of Interior and Energy invited to showing of “Who Are My People?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It is no co-incidence that the Las Vegas premiere of “Who Are My People?” is on August 13. National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 takes place the same day. Continue reading Las Vegas Premiere Set To Expose BLM Mismanagement