Putting sun-powered electrical generation in the sunny desert seems like a natural, except deserts are dry-

Desert clash in West over solar potential, water. By Rita Beamish. Associated Press Writer

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to Desert solar farms . . . plenty of sun, but big shortage of water

  1. avatar kt says:

    Yes. Like solar development by greedhead Harvey Whittemore, a developer that Harry Reid’s special favors have rained down upon in all kinds of special legislative gifts.

    Whittemore bought the Geyser Ranch north of Pioche so he could pipe water from thee south to the infamous Coyote Springs development. Then the economy went bust, and now no one wants to live in a destructive development in the middle of nowhere – so now Whittemore wants to use the piped, exported water for one of these horrid industrial solar facilities. Oh yes, and a very large public lands grazing permit went along with that property purchased for water. Ely BLM BLM recently rubber-stamped a 10-year grazing permit for the Geyser Ranch that contains habitat critical to declining sage-grouse on the southern edge of their range. See http://www.westernwatersheds.org/legal/2009/01/wwp-litigates-blm-grazing-decisions-across-great-basin-core-sage-grouse-habitat .

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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