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Wildlife rescues better left to pros
Community
by Regina Whitman, Desert Cry
Commentary
As the summer months heat up, many of Arizona’s wild critters are raising their
young closer than ever to humans. Though this is mainly due to the destruction
of the outskirt desert, many are seeking the refuge humans have unknowingly
Opportunity to become solar leader
created: food, water and shelter.
These are the three necessities that just about anyone’s backyard offer. Pregnant
wildlife mothers search for a place to have their babies. A cool patch of ground
by Mayor Boyd W. Dunn
under a lush bush, deck, or tall tree with thick foliage is hard to resist.
You may have already read the numbers, but here they are again: By 2016, it
Please remember they are out there before you fl ood, irrigate, trim or mow.
is projected that solar-related investments in the U.S. economy will increase by
If you do encounter a critter’s nest, an injured animal, or for any wildlife rescues,
$232 billion dollars creating more than 275,000 jobs. It is encouraging news for
call Desert Cry immediately at 480-987-3544.
the country, but it comes with a bit of frustration here in Arizona. That is because Never try to raise a wild animal yourself. It’s what you don’t know that can hurt
Arizona currently ranks seventh out of the seven Mountain West states in attracting
the animal. Every hour of improper care severely decreases its chance of survival.
solar-related manufacturing.
Even if you get it to a rehabilitator, once you have fed or handled the animal
As the president of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, I understand fully
improperly, it makes our job harder and the critter’s chance of survival slimmer.
We care for all the critters we receive from the moment they arrive until they
the complex challenges the municipalities of this state are dealing with during this
are released. But, some that do survive are left with disabilities and may never be
fi scal crisis. But attracting investment dollars and sustainable jobs to our borders
returned to the wild life they were born to live.
does not have to be among them.
That is another level of care that Desert Cry provides. Rescued animals live
We need to take immediate action. Senate Bill 1403, currently in the
out their lives in our outdoor semi-wild enclosures, with lots of food and
Arizona Legislature, would provide the state – and its cities and towns -- the companionship of their own kind. But this takes a lot of time, effort, and money.
inducement needed to aggressively attract solar manufacturing investments.
Your donations are Desert Cry’s only means of funding.
With the proper legislation in place, we can take advantage of the high-wage job
Other ways to help include: getting your friends/neighbors to donate; supplying
creation opportunities that lie within solar manufacturing, development and even
bleach, large lawn trash bags, black and white newspaper, or feed from Aden’s Hay
headquarter operations. These are the projects we are losing to the more proactive
Oasis on Williams Field & Power roads.
Tax-deductible donations for this nonprofi t can be mailed to:
states of Oregon, New Mexico and Texas.
Desert Cry Wildlife, Inc., 34462 N Lazy Loop, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.
It is estimated that Arizona has already lost out on potential projects that have
For more information, visit www.desertcry.org or call 480-987-3544.
delivered more than 5,000 jobs to states that have incentive programs. More
Regina Whitman is the founder of Desert Cry Wildlife, Inc.
high-caliber projects are in the pipeline now, but without a competitive incentive
program, the challenges to attract them become tenfold.
I have said many times that Arizona’s cities and towns are the driving force
behind the state’s long-term economic success. We have a cooperative yet
competitive process in place that allows us to attract top-fl ight companies. What
Valley of the Sun natural fi t for solar
we lack is the ability to compete on a level playing fi eld without the incentives SB
by Sen. Jay Tibshraeny, R-Chandler
1403 could provide. Attracting quality employers to Arizona should be one of our highest priorities,
Based on Arizona’s manufacturing history, we are in a position to lead the especially in these trying economic times. With a ready-made market created by
solar manufacturing industry – an opportunity not seen since the onset of the
300 days of sunshine each year, the solar industry would be a natural fi t for us.
semiconductor industry, due to a well designed, industrial infrastructure that
There are two areas of solar technology – generation and manufacturing.
includes a sophisticated water management system, ready access to a nitrogen line
Several growing solar generation companies are looking at Arizona for potential
investment. The Solana-APS/Abengoa plant, a projected thermal power facility
and redundant power. We can add an inventory of specialized buildings, a skilled
near Gila Bend, is just one example of what can be done with the natural resources
workforce and a solid reputation among cutting-edge, high-tech companies.
of this state. The Solana plant would create 1,500 jobs and generate an estimated
The entire state will prosper with the passage of SB 1403 for several reasons.
$4 billion over the next 30 years.
California is the world’s eighth largest economy and is expected to be the largest
Arizona is also vying with several other states to attract solar manufacturing
renewable energy market is the world. Our economies are uniquely linked. The employers. We have missed numerous opportunities to land these businesses here
development of the solar industry and the opportunity to provide solar equipment
because of our inability to compete with other states such as Oregon, New Mexico
for California is one of many ways we can leverage Arizona’s proximity to our
and Texas. These projects had the potential to provide thousands of high quality
neighbor to the west. And, Arizona will be a large consumer and distributor of solar
jobs for Arizona residents and help diversify our economy while making Arizona a
leader in the solar industry.
energy. Finally, greater Phoenix is the No. 2 market for semiconductor workforce
If we learn anything from this downturn, it should be that our economy has been
talent, a transferable skill set to solar manufacturing.
overly reliant on the construction industry, especially residential construction, for
Arizona and its cities and towns are facing extraordinary tests to remain fi scally
far too long. It is time to heed the advice economic development experts have
solvent. An opportunity to invest in the solar industry is one we cannot afford to
been giving us for years. We must diversify our economy. In addition to our
ignore. I hope our elected leaders at the Legislature will share this vision and allow semiconductor businesses, we need to attract employers in the bio-industry,
Arizona to become the new leader in solar technology.
aerospace, telecommunications, advanced business, and sustainable technologies
sectors. In the area of sustainable technologies, solar seems particularly suited to
this state.
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