Solar power is a good idea, don’t get me wrong, but creating large mega solar power systems in the Mohave Desert with disregard for the land, the sacred sites, the people, the fragile ecosystem, and the animals — is wrong.
—From Intercontinental Cry For just one of the projects “Blythe Solar, a partnership of Chevron and the German firm Solar Millennium will grade and level 9500 acres of desert in an area near Blythe Giant Intaglios. These are extremely large geoglyphs (images created on the surface of the Earth) representing Man, Woman, Creator, the seed and the “Trinity,” in the Ute Aztecan cosmological view.” There are 1oos of these land geoglyphs. Read the whole article.
The site proposed for Next Era’s “Genesis” Plant is right in the middle of the Aztec cultural complex.
Dr. Jim Andre, Director of the Granite Mountains Desert Research Institute, in a recent interview said that these new solar projects could severely impact the environment and even cause ecosystem collapse. —From Intercontinental Cry
From the petition: the Bltyhe Solar Millennium project site, will destroy Native American geoglyphs, trails, and other cultural resources. Questionable methodology has been used to attempt to discredit these cultural resources when there is direct evidence from Native Americans contradicting the assertions reached by those seeking project approval. Native American tribal governments and organizations have also been improperly left out of much of the process, or not given enough time for proper evaluation and consultation due to the fast tracking process, and little has been done by the California Energy Commission or the Bureau of Land Management to ensure the public has had the opportunity to adequately review or comment on this, and other renewable energy projects sited for the California deserts.