There is broad, bipartisan support for the Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015. Image: Matt Vincent
By Joel Gay, New Mexico Wildlife Federation
Although members of Congress are often divided, it was refreshing to see all five of New Mexico’s congressional delegation unanimously support bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for responsible development of renewable energy on public lands in New Mexico and throughout the West.
Hunters and anglers have always known that healthy public lands are crucial if we want strong populations of game and fish as well as a vibrant hunting and fishing industry – in New Mexico alone, that sector of the outdoor recreation economy is worth $650 million a year. It should be no surprise that sportsmen support responsible energy development on public lands, which gives us both abundant energy but also protects critical wildlife habitat and our outdoor way of life.
The Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015 would guarantee both goals are met.