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An unnecessary delay for Mojave Desert renewable energy plan
An unnecessary delay for Mojave Desert renewable energy plan

Federal and state officials have spent six years examining how best to allocate land in the Mojave Desert to satisfy two disparate environmental imperatives: renewable energy to reduce Californians' thirst for gas and oil, and conservation to preserve unique places and protect wildlife in the desert's fragile habitat. By identifying the least environmentally sensitive land in advance, the state hoped to expedite the permitting process for energy developments. A little less than half of the land in the Mojave is federally managed, mostly by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Most of the rest is privately owned, and that's where the lion's share of wind, geothermal and...

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