Spending cuts that are part of the budget sequester, or just “sequestration” could have deep and lasting impacts on America’s wild places. The sequester is a trigger of automatic spending cuts that was passed by Congress in 2011.
The Interior Department is changing the way energy development is done by evaluating specific places on public lands before projects are proposed. By identifying suitable places ahead of time, solar energy will face less conflict and cause fewer impacts.
Our National Conservation Lands were designated specifically to conserve, protect and restore some of the most outstanding landscapes in the country. With the added guidance provided by new manuals, the BLM is well on its way toward meeting these goals.
Located outside of Las Vegas, the 350-megawatt Moapa Solar photovoltaic solar plant, capable of powering 100,000 homes, will create financial and educational opportunities for the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians. It is a positive sign to see continued renewable energy development