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Trump administration targets one of DiFi’s biggest legislative accomplishment: protecting the CA desert

The moon rises over the Mojave Desert on January 30, 2018 near Amboy, California.
The moon rises over the Mojave Desert on January 30, 2018 near Amboy, California.
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The Trump administration is reportedly considering scrapping the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation plan, which was created to protect the California desert and make sure energy facilities are set up where they’re least likely to cause environmental harm.

This could also open up these desert areas to mining, grazing and off-road vehicles. The Bureau of Land Management said it is considering changes that restrict energy development. But the California Energy Commission, which helped develop the plan, says the rollback on protections is unnecessary and that California is already meeting its clean-energy goals      

We debate the proposal and discuss what it would mean for California’s energy resources and environment.

AirTalk contacted Senator Feinstein's office to request that she be made available for comment, but they did not respond to our inquiries.


Karen Douglas, commissioner of the California Energy Commission who worked on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Shannon Eddy, executive director of the Large-Scale Solar Association, a Sacramento-based solar industry advocacy group working on California and Western U.S. solar issues