08 November 2010 Defenders in the News Posted by: James Navarro | Leave a comment | Share: 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 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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Safety Pens Mean Peace of Mind in Panther Country For Floridians who live alongside Florida panthers, coexistence means finding ways to protect both their beloved pets and these critically endangered cats. Building an enclosure is a great solution, especially for backyard animals. It’s Time to Act for Right Whales Years after they agreed to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, we’re still waiting on NMFS to follow through. So we took to the courts to get this much-needed protection in place. How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit?