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Renewable energy in Mojave

The serene landscape along the Amargosa River in the Mojave Desert near the Dumont Dunes in the Silurian Valley could soon become cluttered if plans to build a wind and solar plant advance.
The serene landscape along the Amargosa River in the Mojave Desert near the Dumont Dunes in the Silurian Valley could soon become cluttered if plans to build a wind and solar plant advance. Los Angeles Times

Renewable energy project would pollute the desert

Re “Will renewable energy ruin an ‘irreplaceable’ Mojave oasis?” (Capitol & California, Nov. 10): Installing wind turbines and solar panels in the Silurian Valley in the Mojave Desert is not just green energy run amok, it’s insanity. We have traveled Highway 127 through this valley many times, and there is no place like it. Would the people stand for these galvanized towers in Yosemite? Well, we don’t see the difference.

You need only to travel through Tehachapi to see the damage that can be done. Surely, the time has come for the state to have some sensible energy policies that are not run by various advocacy groups. Future energy needs are only increasing with projects like desalination plants and mass transportation. These needs will not be met by covering the land with panels and towers.

James Peace, Sacramento

Think again, BLM

Really? The BLM is actually entertaining the thought of giving a solar company from Spain the rights to build in one of the most beautiful California deserts? Besides the fact that building will change forever the face of the Mojave Desert, why choose an offshore company? Why not a solar company from California? At the very least, it should be a company from one of the other 49 states. Is Spain entertaining the thought of allowing a company from the United States to build an alternative energy plant on one of their beautiful, arid areas? This idea is wrong on so many levels. The BLM needs to rethink its idea.

Sharon Hathaway, Carmichael

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