Studies make it clear: the US needs to transform its energy system with less-polluting options. Rich renewable energy found on our public lands play a key role in powering our future.
In developing renewable energy on public lands, we shouldn’t sacrifice sensitive wildlands and wildlife habitat. By choosing the right places and methods for developing clean energy, we can ensure our environment and economies stay healthy.
What The Wilderness Society is doing
The Wilderness Society is working to help build a more sustainable energy future, focused on clean, renewable energy. We work to find opportunities for conservation while seeking renewable energy alternatives that minimize damage to the land. This includes:
- Reducing the acreage of lands used for energy development by increasing power generation near where people live and work
- Guiding large-scale renewable energy projects to places where they will not harm wildlife and wildlands
- Ensuring that renewable projects on public lands are in “low-conflict” areas so that they can be approved sooner, helping the nation decrease its reliance on fossil fuels
What is the role of public lands in renewable energy?
Along with state and private lands, our public lands harbor substantial wind, solar and geothermal resources. Development is not appropriate everywhere on public lands. Where it does occur on public lands, it needs to be done in a responsible manner.
When we work to guide renewable energy development to the most appropriate places, we can avoid damaging sensitive wildlands and wildlife habitat. Solar, wind and transmission line development require forward thinking policies and development practices.
Ensuring that renewable energy leaves the smallest footprint on our land and receiving fair market rates for the use of our public lands for energy development is a critical part of our work. Reinvesting into conservation efforts and offsetting the impacts through mitigation are an important part of the transition to clean energy sources.
Replacing fossil energy with renewable energy can reduce carbon emissions and limit the worst effects of climate change. The Wilderness Society envisions a future where the nation relies on a more sustainable energy system that has less impact on the warming planet and our changing climate.
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- Tuesday, November 24, 2015
“Secretary Jewell is on the right track. The plan to pursue cancellation of this oil and gas lease sets the stage for getting rid of the remaining leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “This is not only an ecologically invaluable link between Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, it’s a sacred place for the Blackfeet Nation and a stronghold for the Blackfeet culture.
- Thursday, November 19, 2015
“In this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful to have a bipartisan group of Senators at the grown-ups’ table showing real leadership by advancing legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, in S. 556,” said Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands at The Wilderness Society. “That contrasts with Rep.
- Thursday, November 19, 2015
Today federal legislation to protect and enhance the Yakima River basin’s fisheries, ecosystem and water supply was passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.