Here at The Wilderness Society, we know that when renewable energy is built in the right places it can benefit our communities in a myriad of ways, including aiding the economy and helping to solve our climate crisis by reducing the need for dirty power plants. We also understand that any new development will have some impact on land and nearby communities, and when this happens, steps should be taken to reduce negative impacts. Efforts to preserve our lands, wildlife and natural heritage should be factored into all plans for energy development on our public lands.
That’s why the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act is so important. This legislation would reinvest money from wind and solar development back to key land and wildlife conservation programs as well as counties and states where the development occurs.
We recently joined forces with other supporters of the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act, including the Outdoor Alliance, Western Governors Association, National Association of Counties and leading hunting and angling organizations to lay out how renewable energy projects on public lands can be improved. While we all come with different perspectives, we agree on one thing: Congress should pass the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act and pay back the land and local communities where wind and solar are developed.