In June, President Obama introduced his Climate Action Plan, doubling the goal set during his first term to 20,000 megawatts' worth of renewable energy projects on public lands, generating clean, sustainable power for about six million homes.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Promoting Energy Efficient Renewables Act of 2013. This bill permanently extends the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy, which is set to expire at the end of this year.
Alan Rowsome, director of conservation funding, gave testimony before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. This is one of the committees that determine the annual budgets for National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and other wild lands.
As a staff member of The Wilderness Society, I am well aware of how climate change is already posing a serious threat to our precious wild places. Increased forest fires, receding polar ice, drought, pests and other impacts are growing more serious by the day.