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Feinstein's Desert Desire Has the Green Sector Seeing Red

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Senator Dianne Feinstein has long been a champion of environmental causes, but now she may find herself pitted against one major faction of the movement as she launches a fight to designate a large portion of Southern California's desert as a national monument.

The move has drawn ire from Washington because it would mean that hundreds of thousands of acres would be off-limits for use in solar and wind power projects, which are at the core of the President's energy mission, and also important strides forward for the state, the LA Times is reporting. Feinstein's move is being seen by some Republicans as a mixed signal from the Dems about the party and the state's focus on renewable energy, and energy experts are also concerned this will be typical of the pace of progress on moving towards a green economy.

So why is Feinstein seemingly moving in the opposite direction? It comes down to her involvement 15 years ago in a significant piece of legislation regarding this area, known as the Catellus Lands, explains YubaNet:

Senator Feinstein was the lead sponsor of the 1994 Desert Protection Act, which provided lasting federal protection for nearly 9 million acres of pristine desert land in Southern California. It established Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve. It remains the largest parks and wilderness bill to impact the lower 48 states.