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Unions & Big Solar Square Off in California‏

Organized labor is pressing hard to both accelerate and gain a strong foothold in the renewable energy industry. This simultaneous push for green jobs and a green economy has garnered plenty of friends for unions, from environmental groups to consumer advocacy groups to many in the solar industry.

Tree-sitters Outlast Pacific Lumber in the Headwaters

Pacific Lumber is dead…long live…Mendocino Redwood Company…?

Redwoods Straight Up photo provided by Mel B. courtesy of Creative Commons The long-fought standoff between Redwood forest defense activists and Maxxam/Pacific Lumber seems to have come to an end, and the trees are victorious.

The villain of the tree-sitter’s movie under the pernicious leadership of Charles Hurwitz, Pacific Lumber has killed more than trees in their pursuit of old-growth lumber among the world’s most ancient living beings.

Humans have also died in this struggle, as well as enduring the harassment of logging company security, while protesting the harvest of some of the planet’s most venerable forests. Pacific Lumber has been plagued by increasing financial troubles, which they had hoped to remedy by clear-cutting in Humboldt County’s unique and irreplaceable giant Redwoods.

Thanks to the efforts of local activists, Pacific Lumber has been largely foiled…and fallen to the earnest tree-sitters. The land has been purchased by the progressive Fisher family, who have met with treesitters, and pledged to never cut the old-growth trees in the Headwaters.

Promising to practice sustainable timber policies, the Fishers have ordered tags to be placed on the ancient trees designating them as immune from logging, all trees which date back to the nineteenth century or earlier.

There is still a world of work for those engaged in forest defense, and we’ll all be watching to see if the walk follows the talk from Mendocino Redwood Company, but this development marks an historic victory in Northern California. On behalf of tree-loving people everywhere, Holy Solar would like to extend a million blessings to the tree-sitters and those who have supported them.

*Redwoods Straight Up photo provided by Mel B. courtesy of Creative Commons.

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