The Desert Tortoise, Harry Reid: Why the BLM wants Cliven Bundy’s Ranch
InfoWars reports that The Bureau of Land Management has recently purged documents stating that:
“…the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.”
Communities writer Richard Cameron writes about the deal between Reid’s son and China:
Perhaps it is pure coincidence that the hordes of heavily armed agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), are now pulling back and out from their entrenchment encircling Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s family ranch, North of Las Vegas. It’s doubtful. Many suspect that it has everything to do with a new round of intense scrutiny of Reid’s use of influence to reward family members and campaign donors in lucrative development deals across the state.
A detailed report of Reid’s efforts to promote a Chinese takeover of 9,000 acres in Clark County for the purposes of building a solar energy farm and manufacturing plant was released by Reuters’ Marcus Stern, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist. Stern revealed:
The Langfang, China-based ENN Energy Group hopes to build what would be the largest solar energy complex in America. The site chosen with Rory Reid’s guidance is in tiny Laughlin, Nevada, a gambling town of 7,300 along the Colorado River, 90 miles south of Las Vegas. ENN is headed by Chinese energy tycoon Wang Yusuo, who made a fortune estimated by Forbes at $2.2 billion distributing natural gas in China. Wang escorted Reid and a delegation of nine other U.S. senators on a tour of the company’s clean energy operations in Langfang, and Reid featured Wang as a speaker at his 4th annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas last year.
READ More: Harry Reid’s Nevada family values
Liberty News Online reports:
Back in 2012, the New American reported that Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid, was the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm planning to build a $5-billion solar plant on public land in Laughlin, Nevada. And journalist Marcus Stern with Reuters also reported that Sen. Reid was heavily involved in the deal as well.
“[Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert,” he wrote. “Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada.”
The agreement reached between Bundy and BLM does not absolve Bundy of the federal grazing fees but it does stop the roundup of cattle owned by the rancher and it could include that cattle will be auctioned off, but that proceeds will be shared to pay off fees and not bankrupt the rancher, leading to a land grab of ancestral property.
BLM blinked, and for now the standoff has deescalated. But its not over.
Bundy and his followers see this as an American freedom issue; that they need to stop the Government property grab and that the government does not have the right to tax ranchers for letting cattle graze where cattle have grazed for more than a hundred years.
Cliven Bundy credited the people of the United States with helping him regain his cattle. In a statement to the press, Bundy said:
“There is no deal here. The citizens of America and Clark County went and took their cattle. There was no negotiations. They took these cattle.”
Neil Kornze, Chief of the Bureau of Land Management, made a statement to the press following the halt in the roundup. He said:
“Based on information about conditions on the ground and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concerns about the safety of employees and members of the public.”
The situation at Bundy’s ranch escalated when hundreds of supporters arrived in Mesquite to back the Bundy’s. Protesters demanded that the BLM return the cattle to the rancher. Tensions escalated when some supporters attempted to storm the cattle gates.
Bundy himself has repeatedly warned he will “do whatever it takes” to protect his cattle and his property.
While the current conflict between Bundy and the government has de-escalated, the underlying issues are not resolved, suggesting there will be another round of conflict in the future.