Initial construction for the 11 square-mile Blythe solar project has already destroyed sites considered sacred by Native Americans, and wrecked desert ironwood trees that are hundreds of years old. Now that Solar Millennium will be using PV technology, it adds insult to injury that these solar panels cannot be installed in our cities instead of on desert habitat and sacred sites.
|Native Americans protest the destruction of sacred sites by Solar Millennium construction crews. Photo by Basin and Range Watch.|
Governor Jerry Brown attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Blythe solar project in June and stood alongside Solar Millennium executives that are under scrutiny in Germany for embezzlement. This would not be the first time that shady solar companies leave Sacramento in the dust after the State bends over backward to permit their ecologically damaging projects.
|Governor Brown with Solar Millennium executives. Photo by Office of Communications|
Scandal, lies, and uncertainty. It almost feels like we're back in California's gold rush days when prospectors were swindled by unscrupulous characters; a free-for-all on public lands that made a few people rich, but left most with empty pockets. Leave the desert for future generations to enjoy solitude and open space, and put the solar panels on our rooftops.