NEPA and CEQA

When the Twain Meet by Drs. Tim Krantz and Shellie Zias-Roe The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), signed into law by President Nixon on January 1, 1970, provides the framework for environmental decision making on federal lands to this day. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), signed into law by then Governor Ronald Reagan on … Continue reading NEPA and CEQA

Envisioning Community Benefits Agreements

An Opportunity for California's Lithium Valley by Theo Figurasin, Senior Researcher, Jobs to Move America Introduction and Background On January 26th, 2024, hundreds gathered on the outskirts of Niland, near the southeastern shores of the Salton Sea, to witness the inception of Lithium Valley. After more than a decade of anticipation, Australian-based company, Controlled Thermal … Continue reading Envisioning Community Benefits Agreements

An Exciting New National Monument Proposal

Recognition and Protection for the California Desert by Linda Castro and Andrea Iniguez There's a new national monument campaign in the California Desert! On September 25, 2023, Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz announced that he introduced a bill that would designate a new national monument in his Congressional District - the Chuckwalla National Monument - and … Continue reading An Exciting New National Monument Proposal

Ice Age Fossils in the Nevada Desert

Threatened by Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects by Laura Cunningham, Basin & Range Watch Clark County, Nevada - Two proposed large-scale energy projects could significantly damage Ice Age fossils on public lands in southern Nevada. Both the Greenlink West Transmission Project and Golden Currant Solar Project would be built on significant Pleistocene fossil beds representing a … Continue reading Ice Age Fossils in the Nevada Desert