The Trump administration continues to meddle with protected lands, this time in California’s delicate Mojave Desert. In the last months of the Obama administration, California struck a deal that balanced the state’s needs for environmental preservation with its ambitious renewable energy goals, setting aside 2,000 square miles of desert for renewable energy development while protecting 7,800 square miles for conservation. But the Bureau of Land Management announced that it would like to renegotiate the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan to align with President Trump’s energy production priorities. While the stated goal for the change was to “reduce burdens on all domestic energy development, including solar, wind, and other renewables,” supposedly by removing portions of the conserved land, renegotiating the plan could potentially open the area up to other kinds of environmental degradation, like mining of the use of off-highway vehicles. Considering the Trump administration’s loyalty to oil, gas, and “clean, beautiful coal,” there’s reason to be wary.
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Expert BlogNathanael Greene
Throughout 2017, when it comes to wind and solar, the Trump administration has been doing its best Grinch impersonation—he and his team seem to want to be the executive branch that stole our clean energy future.
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Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke often invokes the image of a modern day Teddy Roosevelt, but TR would be appalled by the polluter-driven, anti-conservation agenda Zinke is dictating.
WASHINGTON (November 10, 2015) — The Department of Interior today released a milestone plan for conservation and renewable energy development on public lands in California’s Mojave Desert.