IMHO, it is the badly mistaken, crony-supporting plans of Obama, Harry Reid and the BLM that must be mitigated, rather than the wild animals, habitat, cows and ranchers of American Southwest. Will you accept millions of acres covered with solar panels?
The actions and plans in Nevada by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are based on environmental propaganda and predictions from the 1990’s which have not come to pass, just as the dire predictions of Thomas Malthus and the “Ecoscience” of Obama’s chief science adviser John Holdren never came to pass. A presentation at a conference on this subject by Michael Dwyer of the BLM on an action plan for Dry Lake in Nevada referenced the 1992 book “Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future” by Donella H. Meadows et al. (link to book review below.) Dwyer is the project manager for the Dry Lake zone in Nevada. Among other dystopian hysteria, this work of supposed non-fiction includes this neo-Malthusian de-population, de-development premise: “If the world settles for two children per couple and the per capita income of South Korea, we can avoid collapse and find an equilibrium at 7.7 billion people through 2100.” http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-930031-55-8
Another presentation by an executive of a solar company (an Obama and Democrat donor): “Dry Lake SEZ estimated to have the potential to generate up to 915 MW of marketable power.” THAT IS, if the land is covered with solar panels like those pictured here.
“In preparation for the mitigation strategy report for Dry Lake, the BLM held four workshops, which featured a presentation (link below) by Brightsource Energy, a politically connected solar company that received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Energy Department for a solar farm in California. Brightsource CEO John Woolard has visited the White House 10 times since Obama took office, and held a fundraiser and donated $2,400 to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) in 2010.”
This is crony politics supporting a failed environmental ideology. http://freebeacon.com/…/blm-designated-50-million…/
The same presentation provides gratuitous photos of all kinds of animals in the desert. Even if we believed that covering the land was somehow beautiful, we are supposed to believe that all of these animals will thrive when the land is covered with solar panels. I suppose that was the subject of the 10 meetings at the White House by the executives of this solar company, and all the donations to Democrats. http://freebeacon.com/…/Mitigation-Pilot-Workshop…
“The Wilderness Society, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club–Toiyabe Chapter, and others supported the project.”http://solareis.anl.gov/…/fpeis/Solar_FPEIS_Volume_4.pdf
‘Maximum solar development of the proposed Amargosa Valley is assumed to be 80% of the developable land area area over a period of 20 years, a maximum of 6,783 acres. Full development of the Amargosa Valley SEZ would allow 16 development of facilitieswith an estimated total of between 754 MW.’ Oh, by the way, without continuing subsidies by your tax dollars AND regulatory suppression of energy resources which result in higher energy prices, all of this solar development becomes non-viable, then the companies go bankrupt, then tax-payers will be stuck with the bill to remove all these eyesores from the land. And this is just one section of part of Nevada.
Cliven Bundy is the last rancher in Clark County, Nevada and only one of three rancher left in southern Nevada. All of the rest have been run out of business by BLM. This huge presentation must have cost many millions of taxpayer dollars to produce. http://solareis.anl.gov/…/fpeis/Solar_FPEIS_Volume_4.pdf
I stand with MLK and Bundy: “One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edgar Haro in Indiana offers some good thoughts: “As someone familiar with the left’s welcoming attitude towards millions of undocumented immigrants, excessive welfare and recognizing tax-evading, multi-billion dollar companies like Google and the NFL, I find it incredibly inconsistent to portray one family refusing to pay taxes as epic freeloaders. [Let me add: And then there is the issue of selective enforcement of laws on the Bundys – and the many other ranchers already run out of business by the federal government – as compared to the thousands of former and current federal employees including Congressmen and a former Secretary of Treasury who have unpaid federal taxes in total amounting to over $3.5 billion, including 1110 IRS employees owing taxes who just received pay bonuses.There were 3.2 percent of federal workers owing back taxes as of 2011.]”
“Others distract themselves with race politics, obsessing over Bundy’s racial remarks or believing that the light-colored skin of most people involved is the primary reason for the movement’s popularity and growing support among conservatives, not the human strive for liberty.”
“Another example of desperate criticism against Bundy’s protest arises from the display of their Second Amendment right.”
“This is finely summed up by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and his inane public statement April 17 in which he told his audience that Bundy and his hundreds of supporters “are nothing more than domestic terrorists.” ”
“Guns do not inherently indicate violence or contempt. Bundy and his supporters had every right to arm themselves and mirror the federal guns that were drawn [loaded and pointed] at them. Additionally, it’s ironic that a politician would make such an insulting remark when the White House has openly contemplated equipping real terrorist groups in Syria with stinger missiles just last week.”
“Bundy might be violating the law, but it can be argued equally that the federal land grab is unjust and shouldn’t be complied with. The fact that laws can be tools of oppression becomes less ignorable considering the law-breaking and dishonest nature of our current government itself.”
“When all it takes is a quick stroke of a pen to change policies denying people their property rights, I can’t help but agree with former congressman Ron Paul that this situation is a symptom of growing American authoritarianism. ”
“Even if the Bundys are kicked off their land someday soon, the example they launched of peacefully resisting and not readily submitting to questionable acts of authority will never be erased.”
“It is an example we should follow as Americans if the bureaucrats show up at our door next.”
Cliven Bundy and those militia and families are fighting for our freedom, and most of you don’t even realize it. But, this female, negro, liberal activist understands Bundy’s salient point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0zoee4k7yE