I read an interesting post over at the Mojave Desert Blog yesterday and have it open now
for further review. The post is about all the pressures being put on Nevada wildlands in the
greater Las Vegas area from renewable energy “farms” that are being built right now or in
the pipeline to be built.
Shaun has done a masterful job laying out all the details, including where they will be built
and near what scenic areas, etc. These “farms” if all built out will change this scenic area
forever in times of human lifespans, and will take hundreds, if not thousands, of years for
natural recovery, once they are decommissioned.
There is not much that I can add except to say that residents of the Las Vegas area need to
wake up to the destruction that is headed their way. Anyone there who rides a bike, or motorcycle,
or an off-road vehicle, goes hiking and camping, hoping to explore the wilderness, will start to see more and more areas now open to them, being cordoned off and forbidden to enter.
Count on it. Renewable energy projects and tourism and off roading and hunting do not currently
nor can they coexist. All of these projects, most of which number in the square miles in size, will
be fenced off and patrolled by armed security guards, stripped of all animal and reptile life, bladed
over, compacted, and sprayed with industrial strength soil holding agents and herbicides- life as
we know it will cease to exist.
All this nature will be replaced with mile after mile of giant 400+ foot tall wind turbines and miles
of flat solar troughs, mirrors, etc- basking in the sun- humming along and shipping the power
generated there mostly hundreds of miles away along the new transmission lines that will have to cut
through the mountains, valleys, and desert playas to the customers in California and elsewhere.
Now I know Las Vegas is in an economic depression right now and lots of folks will celebrate all the construction jobs that may be available, in dwindling numbers over a few short years, as the projects are
brought online, only to be laid off again at the end, as the 10-30 fulltime jobs will go to industry professionals. But after all, a one year or so short term job, when don’t have nor can find any job, looks
pretty good, and I understand that.
Las Vegan’s you had a chance to help out with the opposition effort to stop the Ivanpah solar facility
now being built out near Primm, for a look at the future facing you and your area, I suggest that you take a ride out there, about 35 miles from downtown via I-15, and drive past the stateline into California, looking
to your right where you will see the ongoing construction out there. Keep driving until you get to the Nipton
Road off ramp and pull off on the shoulder and look back. One new feature will dominate the scenic view,
you won’t have any difficulties spotting it, and that would be a good time to ask yourself a couple of
questions: is this the future I would like to see for my beautiful valley? What can I do to help change the direction of this runaway renewable energy freight train that is about to roll right in to my valley? Am I okay with this, and is this what I want my kids and grandkids to have to look on
for the rest of their lives?
This change is coming folks, guaranteed. The Obama administration is 100% behind these plans, actually
they probably drafted them, and the federal agencies involved are busy as beavers right now, bending and waiving the rules as they please, without fear that anyone gives enough of a damn to try to stop them.
Now just in case you don’t have a car or the time to drive out there to Primm, let me just leave you with a couple of images that will show you what you can look forward to seeing out there in your neighborhood,
The above picture represents the future of the endangered desert bighorn sheep in your area once all these projects
are built out, stranded high on a rocky hill without food and water, all exits blocked by solar panels, wind turbines, and
new roads, fences, and transmission lines.
In the end, it is really going to be up to you whether you will allow a bunch of greedy Wall Street investment banks, enabled
by a corrupt federal and state bureaucracy, as well as corrupt “environmental” groups, all of which have participated in
a scheme to tear up your federal lands for all time, to place it out of your reach and use for all time, to convert this wild and
scenic wilderness into a dead and sterile industrial zone- supposedly to combat global warming and climate change- when
millions of rooftops in this country sit there baking in the sun and uncovered with no solar panels atop them- and millions of acres of used up and degraded industrial land lie there poised for use as renewable energy “farms” with locations at or near to the users of the power.
It is up to you to stop the destruction that like a tsunami is heading your way over the next 2 or 3 years. Only you can stop it.
Outsiders can’t do it, only you folks have the power to make your elected representatives such as Senator Harry Reid, listen
to your concerns.
If you enjoy the wide open vistas that surround you as you bicycle or campout, or drive your 3 wheeler atv down the trail, for that matter if you want to be able to continue doing these things unimpeded, you had better start thinking of ways that you can mobilize for change, for ways you can alert your friends, families, and community to the devastation headed soon to a
wild scenic area that you care about.
The time to act is now, to save your quality of life and that of your local environment.