08 November 2010 Defenders in the News Posted by: James Navarro | Leave a comment | Share: (c) U.S. Department of Energy Defenders in the New York Times! Defenders president Rodger Schlickeisen published this letter on our nation’s clean energy future in the New York Times on Sunday! To the Editor: You correctly note in your Oct. 28 editorial “Remember Renewable Energy?” that the process of approving renewable energy development must move faster. But adverse effects of industrial-scale solar and wind projects on water, wildlife and fragile ecosystems should not be ignored in the rush to approval. “Clean, renewable energy located to minimize adverse effects is in everyone’s best interest.” — Rodger Schlickeisen, President and CEO Renewable energy development affects desert tortoises in California Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has promised to harness the lessons learned from the first generation of renewable energy projects to improve the process — particularly to site projects to minimize their effects on wildlife and the environment and to mitigate effects that cannot be avoided. In the long run, this “smart from the start” planning of renewable energy projects will result in better projects and faster approvals. The Obama administration is making a historic shift to powering our nation with clean, renewable energy. To do this right, we need to design environmentally sound projects that get permitted faster, give developers greater certainty and come at a lower cost. Clean, renewable energy located to minimize adverse effects is in everyone’s best interest. Rodger Schlickeisen President and Chief Executive Defenders of Wildlife Washington, Oct. 28, 2010 What is Defenders doing on renewable energy? Defenders is working to promote wildlife-friendly renewable energy development that is “smart from the start.” That means putting solar, wind and geothermal projects in the right places and designing them in the right ways to protect wildlife, wildlands, water and other important natural resources. Learn more about Defenders’ work on renewable energy. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover? What Montana Isn’t Saying: Why Wild Bison Aren’t Welcome in the State Montana is rounding up wild bison as they leave Yellowstone National Park and shipping them to slaughter. But why?