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Wildlife vs. Energy in the Mojave: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she plans to introduce legislation today to establish two national monuments on roughly 1 million acres of Mojave Desert outback…Its centerpiece, Mojave Trails National Monument, would prohibit development on 941,000 acres of federal land and […]

Wildlife vs. Energy in the Mojave: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she plans to introduce legislation today to establish two national monuments on roughly 1 million acres of Mojave Desert outback…Its centerpiece, Mojave Trails National Monument, would prohibit development on 941,000 acres of federal land and former railroad company property along a 105-mile stretch of old Route 66, between Ludlow and Needles.” — LA Times

Bolivia’s Lithium Mother Lode, in Pictures: “Nearly four kilometers above sea level in the Bolivian Andes lies the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat…Flowing in salt-water channels beneath the surface is the world’s largest supply of lithium–and, possibly, the future of transportation.” — Technology Review

Antelope Valley Carbon Capture Project: Energy company Doosan Babcock today announced utility Basin Electric Power Cooperative has selected it to work on a carbon capture project in partnership with Canada’s HTC Purenergy. The project is meant to capture 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide per day at the Antelope Valley Station near Beulah, North Dakota. — Press Release

Asia-Pacific Partnership OKs Pond Biofuels Project: Toronto-based Pond Biofuels says one of its demo projects for capturing CO2 and feeding it to algae has been approved for funding under the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development “for a feasibility study that will assess the suitability of its technology for the cement industry in China.” — Clean Break

Rethinking Roads’ Purpose & Need: “The process of building roads in this country is underpinned by myriad assumptions and biases that favor automobiles.” In the Environmental Impact Statements required for all road projects receiving federal funding, the “Purpose and Need Statement….utterly fails to account for the existence of pedestrians and bikes.” — The Urbanophile via Streetsblog

  1. Sen. Feinstein’s bill to create Mojave Desert monuments ruins the prospect of subtle, non-invasive solar projects on federal lands. Solar farms could easily and inoffensively be placed on these lands without affecting native species.

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