Electrification of California & the Battle over Solar Farms in the Deserts
with Professor Dustin Mulvaney
On Sustainability Now! Sunday, May 14th, 5-6 PM
on KSQD 90.7 FM and KSQD.org
In the face of climate change, jurisdictions across the country and the world have set ambitious electrification goals that will rely heavily on solar, wind and other zero-carbon energy sources. California is no exception. Increasingly, the state’s power providers are buying low-cost electricity from vast solar farms across the seemingly uninhabited deserts of the American Southwest. But those spaces are not empty. Join Sustainability Now! host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with Professor Dustin Mulvaney, of the Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University. He has been studying the social and ecological impacts of large solar farms on the deserts and whether they can contribute to a “just energy transition.”
Listen to the “Battle for a Solar-Powered Future,” with Professors Hilary Angelo and Dustin Mulvaney, on Alec Baldwin’s “Here’s the Thing.”
Read Dustin’s article, “The Battle Over Solar Power in California,” in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, June 3, 2022.