Like many in the conservation field, we have a good understanding of the urgent need for alternative energy sources, but also of the negative environmental tradeoffs of placing renewable energy developments on vast tracts of public lands in southwestern deserts as currently envisioned. We also understand political and economic reasons, good or bad, for not doing some obvious things that make sense for renewable energy like placing solar arrays on building tops in cities, within multi-use contexts such as crops, and on already impacted land when alternative energy projects (right or wrong) are to be placed on public land.
Desert Ecology | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Other Environmental Sciences
Abella, S. R.
Renewable energy projects in southwestern deserts – Update on our involvement.
Mojave Applied Ecology Notes, 3(2),