I don’t often turn to stand-up comics for insight on matters of national energy policy, but since all other attempts to stop the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico have failed, it probably wouldn’t hurt. I ran across a quote from Robin Williams the other day: “What is right is what’s left when you’ve done everything else wrong.” When it comes to developing the abundant wind and solar resources on America’s public lands, we need to take stock of how poorly we’ve done with other forms of energy.
The second annual Solar Day takes places this Saturday, and beyond offering a sweepstakes to win $,5,000 off the installation of solar panels, this international day has an important message about solar energy. Solar Day will include events nationwide to recognize the importance of solar energy and sustainability.
The Wilderness Society has been working hard to ensure that renewable energy facilities are only built on lands that are free from wildlife, habitat, and other conflicts. Part of this work is identifying “brownfields” — former trade and industry centers that have since fallen into disrepair — that could have solar, wind, or geothermal facilities sited on them. Siting renewable energy on brownfields has excellent effects on lands, communities, and our country’s clean energy prospects.
Exciting new developments are advancing our policy goal of re-using contaminated idle brownfield sites to support new renewable energy sources. As we have argued in previous posts, using contaminated lands for renewable energy development means less pressure to develop uncontaminated natural areas and open space, and also means less need for new transmission lines and rights-of-way. It is a win-win for lands, communities, and advocates of a clean energy future.
Often times the National Journal’s Energy and Environment blog host forums for experts to post their opinions on topics making the news as of late. Bill Meadows, The Wilderness Society’s President, appreciates these opportunities to engage with others.
Often times the National Journal’s Energy and Environment blog host forums for experts to post their opinions on topics making the news as of late. Bill Meadows, The Wilderness Society’s President, appreciates these opportunities to engage with others. This week he joined the conversation being hosted by reporter Amy Harder about renewable energy.
As Senators review and consider Clean Energy legislation on Capitol Hill, why not educate yourself about the issue by attending Clean Energy Week in Washington, D.C., Feb. 1-5?
Clean Energy Week will bring citizens to the nation’s capital for five days of events aimed at encouraging Congress and the Obama administration to take action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency.