The joint study from Stanford University and UC Riverside reads like a report card. The authors recognized that, “solar energy has one of the greatest climate change mitigation potentials” of all renewable energy sources. It can play a leading role in helping the United States reach its’ goal of reducing emissions to 80% of 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This would require covering a great deal of land surface. Using current technology, close to 71,428 square kilometres (44,383 sq. miles), or an area roughly comparable to South Carolina, could be covered with panels. Rebecca R. Hernandez et al examined more than 160 sites in California to find out how utility scale solar impacts the land. Continue reading How Utility Scale Solar Impacts The Land→
Many people think of the Mojave desert as a brown wasteland, stretching between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It is a good place to put industrial scale solar and wind energy projects, but of little intrinsic value. Senator Dianne Feinstein disagrees. She has tried to introduce legislation protecting this area three times since 2009, and recently wrote President Obama requesting that he designate more than a million acres monuments under the Federal Antiquities Act. This includes the Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains. What makes the Mojave so important?
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.
Originally 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.