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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.