Desert Tortoise BLM used as an excuse to remove Bundy's cattle but the Harry Reid-sanctioned Western Solar Plan
‘Frame’ BLM’s Neil Kornze in a poster before BLM returns to Bundy Ranch
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The high-handed, armed sniper-backed Bureau of Land Management, which retreated from Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch on Saturday, will be back. BLM will be back because they never go away. Their harassment campaigns against hard-working land owners and ranchers goes back more than 20 years.
For 20 long years, BLM members have worked non-stop at what boils down to trying to frame Rancher Cliven Bundy.
It is time to ‘frame’ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid point man Neil Kornze. Frame him in the kind of poster that identified cattle rustlers down at the local post office in days of yore. That way, Kornze no longer rides the drifted plains as a faceless bureaucrat but as someone everyone can readily identify as the perp.
Postering Kornze brings him out of the bureaucratic hide-y-hole known as the present day BLM and puts him where he belongs—at the head of the agency that is robbing ranchers of their way of life.
Kornze joined the BLM in 2011 and has been leading the agency as principal deputy director for the past year. Some 71 senators—including 16 Republican ones—installed him to his seat of power. Only 28 senators—all Republican—cast votes against him.
Republican Senator Dean Heller-Nev, who voted for Kornze’s confirmation, was, over the weekend, decrying the restriction of First Amendment protests, saying it “tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution”, a switcheroo he seems to have so far gotten away with.
The territory of which 71 senators put Kornze in charge includes more than 245 million acres of public land nationwide—with 48 million acres located in Nevada.
Many protesters who came to the rescue of Cliven Bundy in Bunkerville were spurred to answer the call of justice because they believe it is not the Desert Tortoise BLM used as an excuse to remove Bundy’s cattle but the Harry Reid-sanctioned Western Solar Plan.
“Kornze was a key player in the development of the Western Solar Plan and the agency’s successful authorization of more than 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy, surpassing a congressionally-established goal 3 years ahead of schedule. He has also been active in tribal consultation, especially as it relates to oil and gas and renewable energy development. (Dept. of the Interior)
“In 2012, investigative reporter Marcus Stern blew open a deal Reid and his son had arranged with a Chinese company to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert. The BLM helpfully expressed its opinion that trespassing cattle would need to be removed in order to make way for the deal. Although the project ultimately failed, it represents part of a pattern by Reid to seize land to give to special interests in order to benefit himself, his family and campaign contributors. Similarly, in 2010, Reid’s campaign received thousands of dollars in donations from a Texas wind farm’s backers, which Reid rewarded with $450 million in federal stimulus funds. ()
The following description of the Western Solar Plan comes directly from the BLM website:
- The Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy provides a blueprint for utility-scale solar energy permitting in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, the Department of the Interior stated.
- The Solar PEIS will establish solar energy zones in each state, with access to existing or planned transmission, incentives for development within those zones and a process by which the Department of the Interior can consider additional zones and projects.
- According to the Department of the Interior, an initial set of 17 Solar Energy Zones, totaling about 285,000 acres of public lands, serve as priority areas for commercial-scale solar development.
- According to a map of the Solar Energy Zones, much of the land selected—153,627 acres—is in the state of California. Most of that is in the Riverside East Zone in the Palm Springs-South Coast/Riverside area.
- Nevada is second behind California in regards to zoned acres, with 60,395. Nevada also has the most designated solar zones, with five. Colorado follows, with four zoned locations.
- The areas were selected for their solar resources, access to existing or planned transmission and relatively low conflict with biological, cultural and historic resources.
- If fully built out, the department stated, projects in these areas could provide up to 23,700 megawatts of energy—enough to power 7 million homes.
- The final PEIS was released in July, featuring a comprehensive analysis of the lands in these states that are most suitable for solar energy development, according to the Department of the Interior. The analysis was done in partnership with the Department of Energy and the locations identified were Bureau of Land Management areas.
- Salazar signed the Record of Decision that finalizes the PEIS while at an event in Las Vegas with Senator Harry Reid, the department noted.
- “Energy from sources like wind and solar have doubled since the President took office,” Salazar said, “and with today’s milestone, we are laying a sustainable foundation to keep expanding our nation’s domestic energy resources.”
Kornze doesn’t just walk zombie-like in the footsteps of Harry Reid, he walks the walk of the United Nations and its takeover plan of the USA known as Agenda 21.
Because Bunkerville is right in the backyard of CFP columnist/former Las Vegas city councillor Steve Miller, patriots waiting for the inevitable return of BLM have an ace in the hole.
Gutsy Miller tracks crime and corruption for AmericanMafia.com, where he takes on crime and corruption in present day Las Vegas, reporting under the motto: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”.
To Miller, tracking the misdeeds of BLM is a piece of cake.
“What happened in Nevada on the weekend, happened right here in my own backyard,” Miller told Canada Free Press last night.
“BLM is supposedly doing this in the name of cows and turtles which is a slap in the face to any thinking person.”
Not a peep from the hypocritical radical environmentalists and their animal rights activist sidekicks about the cruelty of the feds in running off Bundy’s cattle: The feds flew helicopters overhead to chase the cattle, knowing full well it could cause them to collapse from running in the 90-degree heat.” (TownHall April 14, 2014)
Miller said the protesters who flooded in to the Bundy Ranch from California, Arizona, Montana, Utah and other states recreated a scene straight out of the Old West.
“They came by horseback carrying guns and flags, taking us back to the day when neighbors were neighbors and sheriffs were sheriffs.
“Some of my friends lost their properties to Eminent Domain as many as 10 to 15 years ago.
“Other ranchers sold out, but Bundy’s not going anywhere.
“If BLM comes back, we’ll still be here,” Miller said.