Today’s highlighted article comes compliments of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and is entitled,
Congress Wants to Boost Renewable Energy Development and Give Conservation a Cut of the Proceeds.
This article talks about a new bill working its way through Congress that is known as the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act. The bill is designed to expedite the process for renewable energy projects on public lands while setting aside dollars for wildlife and habitat. I will allow you to read the article to understand all the details but I wanted to point out one specific portion of the bill.
For those who do not understand why our energy infrastructure is having problems, and why our energy costs are so high, look to the red tape.
Section 5 of the Bill discusses the “environmental impact statement” conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Section 6 discusses the Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the Governor of “any interested State.”
Section 6 also discusses federal employees, who shall be identified to the Bureau of Land Management Renewable Energy Coordination Offices, with particular expertise in:
the Endangered Species Act of 1973,
the Federal Water Pollution Control Act,
the Clean Air Act,
the National Forest Management Act of 1976,
the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976,
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
We’re constantly being told by environmentalists that we need to boost our “renewable energy” use in this country. Hmmm… maybe they should get out of the way…