Thursday, October 7, 2010

Department of the Interior approves Ivanpah SEGS

Pretty soon, the sound of silence there will be replaced by the roar of the bulldozers and earth movers.

Read the news release from Solar Done Right here.

Folks, we figured it was coming but that doesn't seem to matter at this moment or make this event any
easier to swallow.

Unless a miracle happens, this is the beginning of the end for the Mojave Desert as we now know it.
An undeveloped, pristine tract of desert, teeming with life is about to morph into a wasteland-- just so
we don't have to be bothered to get up and cut off a light switch, or to cut back our power consumption
in any way meaningful.

Congratulations to the major environmental groups that have been sitting on the sidelines with their thumbs
up their backsides, you won, and the deserts and other wildplaces are the big losers. Sure hope you're
proud of yourselves, you sure did a number on the Mojave this time.

Maybe these words from Edward Abbey can explain what has happened here, what deep urges in humans
come to fore and drive events like this:

"Hot and tired I stop in the shade of an overhanging ledge and take a drink from my canteen. Resting, I listen to the deep dead stillness of the canyon. No wind or breeze, no birds, no running water, no sound of any kind but the stir of my own breathing.

Alone in the silence, I understand for a moment the dread which many feel in the presence of primeval desert, the unconscious fear which compels them to tame, alter or destroy what they cannot understand, to reduce the wild and prehuman to human dimensions. Anything rather than confront directly the antehuman, that other world which frightens not through danger or hostility but in something far worse- its implacable indifference."
The preceding passage is from Edward Abbey's great book, "Desert Solitaire". And by the way, that passage was written during his trek through the now long gone and dammed up Glen Canyon, an environmerntal disaster that could possibly have been stopped if a certain "environmental group" had wanted to get involved. A huge and tragic mistake repeated decades later here and today at Ivanpah.

I, for one, am not proud of what occured today or the unthinkable savagery about to be unleashed upon Ivanpah.


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