Gov. Jerry Brown sees future in massive solar plant near Blythe

By K Kaufmann  |  |  Link to article

At groundbreaking, governor calls for fiscal responsibility, innovation

California Gov. Jerry Brown, just a day after vetoing the Democrat-backed state budget, on Friday used the backdrop of the future site of one of the world’s largest solar plants to issue a call for fiscal responsibility and investment in a green economy for the state’s future.

“We’re going to be the world leader in solar energy,” Brown said, in feisty form as he spoke at the groundbreaking of Solar Trust of America’s 1,000-megawatt solar plant 8 miles west of Blythe and roughly 90 miles east of Indio.

“Yes, I vetoed the budget. Yes, we will have fiscal discipline,” he said. “We can have more wealth if we have the discipline, if we have the imagination and are willing to do the hard work.”

Future hope and present controversy were the two themes of the day. An Indian American group claiming the project will destroy historic geoglyphs unfurled banners and protested both at the groundbreaking ceremony at the project site and a community reception at nearby Palo Verde Community College that followed. (full article)