Biden Administration Moves to Keep Long-Fought Desert, Clean Energy Plan in California


California-- Today, the Biden administration announced that its Department of the Interior will not go forward with an eleventh-hour Trump-era plan to eliminate millions of acres of protections for California’s deserts within the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).

In response, Jenny Binstock, Senior Campaign Representative for Sierra Club’s Our Wild America Campaign in California, released the following statement:

“We are thrilled the Biden administration has chosen to keep the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan intact. This plan represents a long-fought, collaborative effort to bolster conservation and clean energy in California. 

“Keeping these safeguards means that the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan will continue to serve as a landmark model for balancing conservation, recreation, and renewable energy development. We look forward to working together with this administration and communities to ensure we are meeting clean energy goals, advancing conservation priorities, and securing more permanent protections for California’s cherished desert lands.”

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