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Kill to Save

From the Los Angeles Times:

Sacrificing the desert to save the Earth
By Julie Cart, February 5, 2012

“The public got its chance to comment at scores of open houses, but the real political horse trading took place in meetings involving solar developers, federal regulators and leaders of some of the nation’s top environmental organizations.

“Away from public scrutiny, they crafted a united front in favor of utility-scale solar development, often making difficult compromises.”

“Even if only a few of the proposed projects are built, hundreds of square miles of wild land will be scraped clear. Several thousand miles of power transmission corridors will be created.

“The desert will be scarred well beyond a human life span, and no amount of mitigation will repair it, according to scores of federal and state environmental reviews.

“‘The scale of impacts that we are facing, collectively across the desert, is phenomenal,’ said Dennis Schramm, former superintendent at neighboring Mojave National Preserve. ‘The reality of the Ivanpah project is that what it will look like on the ground is worse than any of the analyses predicted.’”

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-solar-desert-20120205,0,7889582.story