Groups such as the Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife suggested development should be limited to the zones, which already provided more land than was needed by the energy industry. Solar Done Right, a coalition of energy and environmental experts, suggested the policy failed to consider the vast potential to site solar energy panels on already-disturbed lands and rooftops.
To add insult to injury, Secretary Salazar's press release ends with a celebration of the record oil and natural gas production on public lands under President Obama.
Today’s action is in line with the President’s direction to continue to expand domestic energy production, safely and responsibly. Since President Obama took office, domestic oil and gas production has increased each year, with domestic oil production at an eight-year high, natural gas production at an all-time high, and foreign oil imports now accounting for less than 50 percent of the oil consumed in America – the lowest level since 1995.-- Department of Interior press releaseContinuing to burn fossil fuels and destroy public wildlands is not a sustainable energy path.