Citizen Educated About Solar Energy (CEASE) has conduct thousands of hours of research into the dark side of industrial-scale solar farms. This information comes from scientist and scholars. What we have learned is disturbing.

Solar will have many negative impacts on the county and the citizens in many areas. We have brought these impacts to your attention with informational handouts and on our website, cease2020.org. We found that citizens didn’t know anything about all the farmland being leased by these four solar companies. That has been a well-kept secret by those companies and the county leaders. Great way to avoid opposition from the citizens. Now that the citizens know of the encroaching solar developments, there is opposition. CEASE convinced two of the commissioners to agree to a moratorium on solar development. The commissioners now must hold public hearings to take testimony from the citizens. This is your chance as a citizen to testify with your concerns on solar.

The public hearings will be held on May 4 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the courthouse, in person. You can also testify by Zoom, email, or written letter. More details are available by calling 773-4612 ,visiting klickitatcounty.org, or at cease2020.org. It is very important that you testify. These three commissioners make decisions for 22,000 citizens, and they need to make the decision you want.

To allow industrial scale solar development is not a good decision. The commissioners work for you—hold them to that commitment. Get involved and testify May 4.

Greg Wagner

Goldendale

(Editor’s note: this letter is run as a statement of opinion, but in the interests of accuracy, it must be pointed out that there is a statement here that constitutes factual error. When Mr. Wagner says that farmlands being leased to solar companies is a well-kept secret by those companies and county leaders, the reality is that leases are inherently private dealings and are not expected to be shared publicly—farmers are not taking out ads, nor are county commissioners making announcements, to make the public aware of grazing leases with DNR, for example. To claim deceptive concealment of leasing is not accurate. No county executive is expected to make public private business dealings. The qualifying factor in Mr. Wagner’s claim seems to be what he sees as a public danger, but that opinion does not constitute a requirement on anyone’s part to make public what are commonly private matters.)