Op-ed: Plan by Trump to throw away years of desert planning

Submitted by Michael Prather

Eight years of collaborative planning time, effort and expense are being swept aside by the recent decision of the U.S. Department of Interior to reopen the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Broad and balanced stakeholder input and consensus are being disregarded in this ill-advised action. Direct effects on our Inyo County public lands are possible such as loss of land protections, public access and a predictable process for renewable energy development.

Michael Prather

The DRECP effort sought to carefully craft land use planning in a landscape of chaos. Where should renewable energy be placed and where shouldn’t it through planned Development Focus Areas? What lands are important for public access? Which need protection as National Conservation Lands? After years of consensus building and extensive public vetting these lands were designated and thought to be safely protected. Now we learn they are under threat. Furthermore renewable energy developers no longer will have a predictable path for future projects.

The Trump Administration is no friend of renewable energy development. Wind and solar research and development funding has been cut. Fossil fuels, grazing and mining dominate the administration’s public lands policy. Tariffs have been placed on imported solar panels. California, as a leader in renewable energy, will be hurt by amending DRECP. Its voice is not heard by the current Administration.

Here in Inyo County the Board of Supervisors added a renewable energy amendment to their General Plan that reflected large public participation and opinions. Wind farm projects were opposed in the Highway 395 and Highway 190 corridors.

Industrial scale solar was opposed in iconic places like Centennial Flat, Conglomerate Mesa and Deep Springs Valley.

Inyo County Supervisors need to be thanked for their approval of the Renewable Energy Amendment to the General Plan. They supported, in general, the DRECP’s balance of conservation and development designations. Our Supervisors need to be asked to uphold their support for a plan for the desert that protects recreation and natural resources while allowing for appropriate siting of renewable energy.

From 5-7 pm on Monday, Feb 26th at the Film Museum in Lone Pine the BLM will host a public meeting to hear from you. You can also write to BLM at: BLM-California State Director, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825 or electronically to [email protected].

Sincerely,

Michael Prather

Lone Pine, CA

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Tinner
Tinner
4 years ago

youtube:

George Carlin – Saving the Planet

Trouble
Trouble
4 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

What would Russia do?

Tinner
Tinner
4 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

They’d drop the puck and play some hockey.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago

Phillip…..problem with that is,trump,his cronies and many of his supporters (mostly the rich supporters ) the only thing they really care about is money,money,money,and making the rich richer,with little or no reguard for anyone or anything else…that and his personal vendetta against President Obama and trying to undo anything he… Read more »

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
4 years ago

It is well past time for the Donald Trump’s base to begin to clearly understand the damage that is being fostered in the name of making “America Great Again”. Ask any visitor to the Eastern Sierra what they think is great about the Eastern Sierra , the Owens Valley, the… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
4 years ago
Reply to  Philip Anaya

DT can have my solar panels when he pries them from my cold dead hands.

Mono Person
Mono Person
4 years ago
Reply to  Philip Anaya

I’m not a big Trump fan, but he has been president for only a year…and he is getting blamed.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Mono Person….That’s because HE is the one that directed this agenda,both now,and saying he would gut environmental policies during his campaign..no one else to blame for it.

Mono native
Mono native
4 years ago

We need more grazing mines and fossil fuel. Unless you plane on walking in would shoes no rubble as it comes from fossil fuel

I get it now
I get it now
4 years ago
Reply to  Mono native

Haha, you are FUNNY Mono native!

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
4 years ago
Reply to  Mono native

????????????????? What is a “Grazing mine ? Would shoes ? Rubble comes from fossil fuel ? I “plane” on reading this again, ’cause the first time , it didn’t make it for me.

Dpblue
Dpblue
4 years ago
Reply to  Mono native

What the… spell much?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago

Buzz…Iv’e got to admit,I had to “google” what ‘MAGA ” meant….and when I hit my mouse button,first thing that popped up was a photo of Nikolas Cruz (the most recent school-shooter in Florida) wearing a red trump” make America great again ” baseball cap posing with the AR-15 he used… Read more »

Buzz Killington
Buzz Killington
4 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

Oh!

Buzz Killington
Buzz Killington
4 years ago

MAGA!

What it really means
What it really means
4 years ago

MAGA = Mueller Aint Goin Away! lol