Although the Sierra Club has been involved in the permit process for several destructive solar power projects, the Club has not yet taken legal action to block them. The Sierra Club positions itself as a leader in renewable energy, but the group is only now considering taking legal action to steer energy companies in the right direction. There is plenty of room for solar panels on disturbed land and rooftops -- leave our deserts for future generations.
What You Can Do:
If you are a Sierra Club member, send them an email to encourage the Club to step up to the plate and follow through with its threat to stop Calico Solar: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sierra Club Membership services at (415) 977-5653
Ask them what the Sierra Club's plan is for putting solar panels on rooftops instead of in pristine desert.
According to the California Energy Commission (CEC), the Calico Solar power project's approval has been put on temporary hold until December 1st, thanks to action taken by the California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE). The Commission probably violated California law and the Warren-Alquist Act when it approved the project before completing written notices. The CEC's misstep is indicative of the rushed nature of the solar energy approval process, where shortcuts were taken in the biological review of each project and meaningful public participation was difficult.
The temporary hold on the Calico Project could buy groups like the Sierra Club and CURE more time to mount a legal challenge to stop the project.
|The proposed site for the Calico Solar power project which will be cleared by Tessera Solar unless groups like the Sierra Club challenge Tessera's definition of "clean" energy.|