The President spoke of our public lands only in the context of industrial energy exploitation in his State of the Union speech. I truly hope he realizes that these lands are cherished for their beauty, solitude, and peace. "From sea to shining sea" was not inspired by the sight of transmission lines, natural gas fracking, oil rigs, and massive bird and bat-killing wind turbines. "God's cathedrals" -- our natural wonders -- cannot be taken for granted. And clean energy is not about jobs, it is about our health, and living in harmony with nature without destroying it.
We can meet our energy demands with increased energy efficiency and clean energy at the point of use -- such as rooftop solar. We cannot afford to sacrifice more wildlands to energy exploitation when we are being handed this opportunity to change.