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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

Some 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

The 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

In 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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