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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in It’s Time to Act for Right Whales Years after they agreed to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales,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? Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we’re beginning to see the full scope of how this ecological disaster is impacting our wildlife on land, air and sea.