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anglers. Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act

Bipartisan Public Lands Renewable Energy Development bills get hearings in Congress

Corey Fisher, July 26, 2014


In this day and age, it’s not often that folks from both sides of the political spectrum can get together and support a proposal affecting public lands. It’s even rarer to have congressmen from both parties, in both houses of Congress, moving legislation forward.  Yet, that’s exactly what is happening when the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act receives hearings in both House and Senate committees this week. 

One of the unique things about renewable energy development is the permanence to it. This is both good and challenging. Good because it’s a cleaner, sustainable source of energy that can’t be used up in the same way as fossil fuels. Challenging because once a solar field or wind farm goes in, it’s there for the long haul.

This necessitates smart planning.