The question: Where to build green-energy sites
The rush to build "green energy" is dividing environmental groups, many of whom believe such projects will irreparably harm ecologically sensitive habitat. ...If millions of acres are razed for solar plants, swaths of wildlife habitat will be eliminated, putting the desert tortoise, the Mojave ground squirrel and the American badger at even greater risk, conservationists say.
November 23, 2008
by Ginger Richardson
in The Arizona Republic
A relatively new fissure in the debate over the best use of public lands is the fight about where to place wind farms and solar-power grids.
As the United States increasingly looks to develop alternative forms of energy, solar companies that want to build huge power plants have honed in on vast tracts of open space in the Mojave Desert, which cuts across California, western Arizona, and parts of Nevada and Utah.
Already, the Bureau of Land Management has received more than 210 applications, covering more than 2.1 million acres of land, from such companies. In Arizona, there are 34... [continue via Web link]