In light of changing federal policies (the new mining regulations that are already wreaking havoc) and proposed legislation in the Nevada legislature (SB123) we are republishing information that every wild horse and burro advocate (or anyone advocating for anything on public land) must know.
Today the Mojave Desert Blog posts the following:
The Nevada legislature introduced a bill (S.B. 123) that would drastically reduce the state’s dependence on coal power plants, but introduce an equal amount of natural gas generation and additional transmission lines that will continue to wreck Nevada’s wild landscapes. The bill proposes to eliminate no less than 800 megawatts of coal-fired generation capacity, but requires utility companies to acquire or construct 700 to 800 megawatts of natural gas generation, in addition to 600 megawatts from renewable energy sources. The bill does not contain specific provisions that would encourage distributed generation, and offers only meager encouragement for utility companies to improve energy efficiency.
So not only will Nevada continue to draw a large portion of energy from fossil fuels, Nevada’s most significant step into renewable energy is almost certain to be guided by utility companies that profit the most when they build destructive infrastructure on public lands, instead of investing in our communities (i.e. energy efficiency and rooftop solar). The heavy natural gas component of the legislation should be the biggest red flag that utility company profit, not sustainability, is a key objective of the legislation.
Last year WildHorseEducation.org wrote a piece called “Big Energy and wild horses.” PLEASE take a moment and READ the post HERE>>> At the link are several videos you MUST watch if you want to really understand what is happening on public land. The first two videos are propaganda videos put out by the Department of Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). They talk about “industrialization” of “your” public land toward energy independence. But that could not be farther from the truth. We are creating new dependence on private profiteers that are are often foreign owned or mega-corporations. We are NOT creating independence by subsidizing roof-top solar, but we are raping public land for private profit… on the back of the tax payer once more.
Also included in WildHorseEducation.org’s piece is an example of an area in Colorado called the “Piceance Basin.” PLEASE scroll down and watch what companies like Chevron are doing HERE>>>
The surface battle of “cow vs. horse” has existed for decades on public land. It is a valid issue. As livestock producers damage the surface from over use, and resources continue to decline as big extraction moves in, that debate will become even more fierce.
Yet all of us have seen a massive push in the last four years as roundups top over 10,000 wild horses removed each year from public land. As our horses disappear we see extraction move in. Gas, oil, gold, moly, copper etc are the force behind a change that is consuming our western rangeland as never before in history.
Our entire country is suffering from allowing these interests to over-ride the public good. This is NOT multiple use… it is prioritized use masquerading as your “friend.”
If you are unfamiliar with the film Gasland, Josh has made a second film. Watch the trailer and think… and please read WildHorseEducation.org.
PLEASE watch the movie July on HBO.