Paying Back the Land: What others are saying about the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act

U.S. Capitol Building

Dept. of Education

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, The Wilderness Society’s Chase Huntley testified before a Congressional committee on the importance of paying back our public lands for the energy we get from them.

One way to do this – and increase the amount of clean, renewable energy coming from these lands is through a bill called the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act. Read Huntley’s testimony for yourself, and see what others are saying about the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act….

“Outdoor recreation and renewable energy development are highly valuable to local communities and economies. By requiring representation from the outdoor community in project siting and development we can ensure a bright future on public lands for both.”

                -Outdoor Alliance

“In siting renewable energy projects and transmission lines, we encourage areas be developed which will have the least impact on wildlife and other important land uses.”

                -Western Governors’ Association

“The conservation fund established by this legislation should bring much needed resources to bear on addressing conservation priorities throughout the nation and correctly assign revenues to the preservation of America’s wildlife heritage.”

                -Sonoran Institute

“Hunters and anglers realize how important energy is, and we support renewable energy development on Western public lands. We want it done thoughtfully, however, to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality.”

                -Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development (SFRED)

“We have an unparalleled opportunity to be proactive; to ensure that even as we expand energy resources from public lands that we put in place safeguards to protect fish, wildlife, and water resources.”

                -Trout Unlimited

“[A] straightforward process that treats the development of renewable energy on public lands similar to traditional sources of energy development like oil and gas [is] critical to ensure that renewable energy development moves forward in an economic and ecologically responsible way.”

                -National Association of Counties

“Supporting local communities and regional fish and wildlife resources with a dedicated federal revenue stream promotes renewable energy acceptance with key constituencies, which in turn will encourage more companies to develop projects on our public lands.”

                -Exergy Development Group