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Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The sheer number of wind turbines in Germany is overwhelming! When the clouds open, they are often visible from the windows of a jet entering the country. Though they are primarily a rural phenomenon, there are about 60 turbines in the city of Hamburg. Some of the behemoths in Mecklenbourg-Verpommern have a capacity of 7.5 MW,  more than twice the 3 MW found in North America. Yet, speaking as one of a group of journalists touring renewable installations recently, unless you are standing directly underneath a turbine was difficult to pick out the “whoosh” of their whirling blades from other ambient sounds. Germany’s wind industry is an integral part of the nation’s energy revolution, which at least 56% of the respondents to a poll taken in 2013 said was “the right thing to do.” Only 10% were actually opposed. Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s.

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Do You Get It?

Native Americans defending their sacred sites are more than a few tribespeople opposing ‘Big Clean Energy.’ Do you get it?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Aztlán, ancestral cradle of the Nahuatl people (of whom the Aztecs were the best known branch), was most likely in the Lower Colorado Basin. Some of the tribes in this area speak a Uto-Aztecan language, share the Mexica historical idea of five suns and are believed to have left hundreds of geoglyphs which show mythological ties to Mexico. Some of the best known of these geoglyphs are at Blythe, CA, and best viewed from a passing airplane. You can see some in Jess Fig Jesus Chuey Zapata Figueroa’s Music Video: Aztec Sickness (Save the Geoglyphs). Continue reading Do You Get It?

Is The DOI Committing Cultural Genocide & Ecocide?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1While Secretary of the Interior Jewell addressed the Clean Energy Summit 6.0 in Las Vegas last week, a very different examination of America’s solar policy was happening just down the street. Continue reading Is The DOI Committing Cultural Genocide & Ecocide?

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

CA Native Heritage Commission backs Quechan Claim

From East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2013 (Ocotillo ) – The California Native American Heritage Commission (CNAH) has issued a draft report in support of the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians and the Quechan Indian Nation claims that the Bureau of Land Management failed in its duty to protect cultural resources including human remains and sacred sites.  The report details a disturbing pattern by the BLM, Pattern Energy and a project archaeology consultant of ignoring tribal concerns and failing in its duty to protect cultural resources.
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