Friday, November 7, 2014

Balancing Renewable Energy Development and Land Conservation in the California Desert

Article Abstract:


The California desert is a place of grand beauty, rich wildlife, and remote landscapes perfect for adventures. But in recent years, these wide open spaces have been targeted for development by the burgeoning renewable energy industry. To meet California’s ambitious goal of generating at least one-third of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the state have released a draft of the land use plan for the area that aims to strike a balance between protecting important desert lands for conservation and fast-tracking other areas for development.

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