22 August 2013 Lighting the Way – Responsibly Posted by: Jamie Rappaport Clark | 1 comment | Share: Posted in response to the National Journal question: “How bright is renewable energy’s future?“ Jamie Rappaport Clark, President Defenders’ president and CEO, Jamie Rappaport Clark We are lucky to be in a position to be able to adopt policies and practices that simultaneously help us become more responsible energy consumers and more responsible stewards of the earth, right from the start of development. Using our conservation knowledge and experience to inform renewable project planning, we can make sure that projects: are sited away from unique and sensitive lands, including crucial wildlife habitats; minimize conflict with wildlife and other important natural resources; and fully mitigate the impacts that do occur and can’t be avoided– that is what successful renewable energy development entails. It’s easy to get excited about the potential of renewable energy for saving money, reducing carbon dioxide levels and lowering our dependence on dirty oil and gas. But we have a duty to not only help protect species and ecosystems by reducing the threat of climate change, but also to be good stewards of healthy but sensitive landscapes that are resilient in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather – using certain natural resources in new ways does not have to mean abusing others. One Response to “Lighting the Way – Responsibly” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. 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.