Posted by· August 31, 2023 7:49 PMAdd your reaction ShareJoining 80 other concerned non-profit organizations, MBCA signed a letter to California's Senate Appropriations Committee members describing how the bill will: 1) allow developers to sue before environmental review; 2) reduce the incentive to complete environmental review; 3) allow developers to avoid public scrutiny; and 4) discourage legitimate environmental justice lawsuits.Posted by· August 25, 2023 3:28 PMAdd your reaction ShareOnce again MBCA and many other concerned organizations have made an appeal to prevent the export of precious desert water by Cadiz, Inc. They have again requested permission from the Bureau of Land Management for right-of-way access to an existing pipeline. The letter signed by MBCA and 45 other groups summarizes the harm that would be caused and notes a previous denial of permission that had been granted under the Trump administration and requests another denial. (You can read a number of prior MBCA News posts about Cadiz by using our SEARCH function.)Posted by· August 25, 2023 2:40 PMAdd your reaction ShareThe Associated Press produced a comprehensive story with many photos about the unique desert native seed bank at the Mojave Desert Land Trust in Joshua Tree. There is a growing need for such extraordinary measures considering the devastation of desert lands in the two major fires in recent years in the Mojave National Preserve, followed by flood damage this summer.Posted by· August 22, 2023 6:23 PMAdd your reaction ShareMBCA's comment letter to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District summarizes the serious particulate matter issues (excessive dust) that result from large scale solar developments and requests that such situations be directly addressed in the agency's proposed Rule 401. "Currently neither the MDAQMD, or the County of San Bernardino Land Use Services require or, act upon knowledge of the soils and the hazard of blowing dust."Posted by· August 22, 2023 10:54 AMAdd your reaction ShareWith extensive research support, the Inland Deserts Working Group (IDWG) that is connected with the California Natural Resources 30x30 planning process has produced Nature Based Solutions - Desert Sector, a report to the state recommending "conserving 100% of undisturbed non-military public lands annually based on current levels, starting in 2024." Two MBCA Board members on the IDWG believe that this document is a definitive report proving the high value of the undisturbed desert in achieving California's climate change goals.Posted by· August 21, 2023 1:14 PMAdd your reaction Share
In a letter to the California Legislature and Governor, MBCA joined 127 organizations and community leaders requesting they repeal Public Utilities Code Section 739.9 that requires public utilities to add a fixed charge to electricity bills based on customer income. “That would be three to twelve times the national average for such a fixed charge.” While the premise of income-based charges sounds positive, the letter includes a link to a study that demonstrates how such action will have negative financial consequences over time for many in the population it allegedly would aid. In addition, this provision of the Budget Bill was enacted without any public hearings or discussion. The short letter provides background information and links to helpful documents explaining the position of the signers.Posted by· August 08, 2023 8:47 AMAdd your reaction Share
MBCA has joined clean energy supporters across the country in requesting that their local utility (Southern California Edison in our case) clarify their commitment to decarbonization of power plants. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the industry’s trade organization, is planning to oppose some of the sensible emission control standards of the Biden administration’s climate legislation. Read the Los Angeles Times editorial that has many helpful links, and the national letter MBCA signed for more details.Posted by· August 04, 2023 8:41 PMAdd your reaction ShareMBCA is among four regional conservation non-profits recommending together in this letter that the draft of the San Bernardino County Regional Conservation Investment Strategy be edited to meet statute requirements regarding quantifiable goals and gap analysis. In addition, MBCA along with Mojave Desert Land Trust, California Desert Coalition, and The Wildlands Conservancy suggest the use of the 2012 Morongo Basin Conservation Priorities Report to enrich the evaluative data for habitat value.Posted by· July 31, 2023 7:45 PMAdd your reaction ShareA proposal by the Contractor State License Board supported by major utilities "would make it more difficult and expensive for consumers to install and repair solar-powered batteries," according to the Solar Rights Alliance (details here). MBCA sent a letter against the proposal as in many cases it would limit choices, drive up costs, and effectively serve to discourage the creation of a renewably generated distributed electrical infrastructure.Posted by· July 21, 2023 1:53 PMAdd your reaction ShareMBCA's comment letter to the Bureau of Land Management requests they deny the Bonanza Solar Project in the greater Las Vegas area of the Mojave Desert and instead establish an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) to protect an incredible array of desert plants and wildlife that would be decimated by the project.See All IssuesDo you like this page?
Letter: Comment Supports MDLT Acquisition of Corridor Spring Land
Letter: Comment Requests Denial of Bonanza Solar Project and a New ACEC
Letter: Group Comments on BLM Proposed Public Lands Rule
Letter: Group Comment Expresses Trailer Bill Concerns
Letter: Comments on Golden Currant Solar Project
Letter: MBCA Supports SB 233, Bidirectional EVs
Letter: Group Support of Landscape Water Conservation
MBCA Joins Opposition to AB 1633 that Weakens CEQA Protections
Dust Issues in Mojave AQMD Rule 401
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