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The political action by renewable energy companies coalescing under the banner of the Solar Energy Industries Association comes ahead of an expected vote by the Fish and Game Commission on August 20 about whether to accept the petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and already approved by state biologists.
The renewable energy interests are arguing that by lowering the amount of emissions that cause climate change, renewable energy facilities will be protecting the delicate climate balance that allows Joshua Trees to flourish in California's desert regions.
Brendan Cummings, conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity and a resident of the community of Joshua Tree, is quoted in the article recognizing the importance of renewable energy to fight climate change but also inciting that renewable energy facilities be built somewhere other than Joshua tree habitat.
"A final decision by the five-member state panel is expected next year. If the trees are listed, the law requires state wildlife managers to devise a recovery plan, which could limit development across thousands of acres of southeastern California’s sunniest real estate," according to Sahagun.
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