It appears that the Committee regularly provides live webcasts--or at least archived webcasts--of its hearings. Although this means West Coasters will need to wake up at 6:30AM, it will spare you the flight to DC! Here is the link for the Committee website and you can find the "live webcast" button on the right side of their page at the bottom of the list of options.
For more information about the California Desert Protection Act--which aims to balance conservation of America's desert wilderness, and streamline renewable energy generation--check out the Campaign for the California Desert website. The legislation would bring common sense to what is currently a disorganized "gold rush" by developers to bulldoze vast tracts of the desert, trading the quiet solitude that has inspired generations of Americans for endless miles of industrialization and sprawl. There is room for solar energy in the desert, and some projects have been correctly placed on land that is of little biological value. Senator Feinstein's legislation would encourage such choices and push developers and government agencies to adopt a smarter approach to our dwindling desert resources.
Here is the entry in the Committee's calendar regarding plans to conduct a full hearing on the legislation:
|FULL COMMITTEE HEARING: to receive testimony on S. 2921, to provide for the conservation, enhanced recreation opportunities, and development of renewable energy in the California Desert Conservation Area, to require the Secretary of the Interior to designate certain offices to serve as Renewable Energy Coordination Offices for coordination of Federal permits for renewable energy projects and transmission lines to integrate renewable energy development, and for other purposes (Hearing Room SD-366).|
|Thursday, May 20, 2010|
|Energy Committee Hearing Room - SD-366|