Save the Mojave Desert from Mass Industrialization
November 5, 2010
17,000 Cultural Sites, including petroglyphs and extremely large earth drawings known as geopglyphs in southern California may soon be destroyed thanks to Chevron, Solar Millenium, Florida Power and Light, Next Era™ and various other companies.
Now held in trust by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), these sacred sites being cast aside so these companies can build massive solar projects under a "fast tracked process" put in place by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) program.
"ARRA guarantees government tax credits and rebates in the amount of hundreds of millions of dollars to companies that can put shovel to dirt before the end of 2010," says Robert Lundahl, Director of the upcoming documentary film "Solar Gold."
For just one of the projects, "Blythe Solar, a partnership of Chevron and the German firm Solar Millennium will grade and level 9500 acres of desert in an area near to the Blythe Giant Intaglios. These are extremely large geoglyphs (images created on the surface of the Earth) representing Man, Woman, Creator, the seed and the "Trinity," in the Ute Aztecan cosmological view."
In this excerpt from "Solar Gold," Alfredo Acosta Figueroa, an Elder, Tribal Monitor and historian from the Chemehuevi Peoples, describes the importance of these Sacred Intaglios, how they were made and what they mean to Indigenous Peoples. Figueroa also offers a humble suggestion on how they can be projected.
Cultural sites aren't the only thing at risk. Dr. Jim Andre, Director of the Granite Mountains Desert Research Institute, in a recent interview with Lundahl, stated that these new solar projects could severely impact the environment, so much so that he suggests the possibility of ecosystem collapse...
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