Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Secretary Salazar Tours SunPower R&D Facility in California
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Last edited 4/25/2016
RICHMOND, CA – During a three-state renewable energy tour, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited the SunPower solar power research and development facility with Congressman George Miller and SunPower Corporation CEO Tom Werner in Richmond, California today. Founded in 1985, SunPower Corporation employs more than 5,000 people globally and is one of the largest and fastest growing solar companies in the nation.
“The path to a clean energy economy starts here, in places like SunPower's research and development facility,” said Secretary Salazar. “The work that comes from these facilities transforms renewable energy ideas into a reality. When renewable energy companies continue to invest in places like California, the realization of a new energy future is within our reach.”
“I appreciate the Secretary visiting here,” said Congressman George Miller. “We've worked hard to make renewable energy a priority because it represents America's future economic growth. Today, businesses like SunPower are moving forward, hiring 200 people for good clean energy jobs in the East Bay. By fostering a business climate that encourages companies like SunPower, even more good jobs will be created locally, we'll reduce demand for dirty energy sources, and we'll cut customers' utility bills. That's the right direction.”
A U.S.-based company serving residential, business, public and utility customers worldwide with high efficiency solar power technology, SunPower Corporation's Richmond facility is located at the former iconic Ford Company Assembly Plant. Sitting at over 530,000 square feet and equipped with a 900 kWp rooftop solar power system, the Richmond SunPower facility is one of several U.S. offices which employ approximately 900 people including more than 300 hired in 2010. During the tour, SunPower CEO Tom Werner shared SunPower's role in the continued development of utility scale solar projects on public lands.
“SunPower's high efficiency solar power technologies generate affordable, reliable, pollution-free solar power, create thousands of jobs in the US, and improve our energy security,” said SunPower CEO Tom Werner. “We welcome Secretary Salazar to see SunPower at work, and thank the Administration for their tremendous support as we build America's clean energy future.”
As part of a three-state renewable energy tour to highlight the Department's efforts and progress to encourage a rapid and responsible move to large-scale production of renewable energy on public lands, Secretary Salazar has approved 4 large-scale solar energy projects on U.S. public lands within the last two weeks. The most recent approval occurred yesterday with the signing of a Record of Decision for the Silver State North Solar Project, the first large-scale solar energy project on U.S. public lands in Nevada. Last week, Salazar approved the first three solar energy projects ever to be built on public lands. All located in southern California, the three solar projects could generate 1,124 megawatts of clean energy, enough to power up to 337,200 homes. Following his visit to California, Secretary Salazar will travel to Nevada for the last leg of his renewable energy tour.