Rather than preserve our natural resources, Obama and Salazar during the first four years opened up millions of acres to the energy industry -- including oil, gas, solar and wind projects -- that have fragmented and destroyed our deserts, grasslands and forests (not to mention the offshore drilling they have approved). The President's "all of the above" energy strategy gives something to just about every industry, but mostly excludes conservation. In Nevada alone there are plans to industrialize over 400 square miles of public lands for wind and solar facilities, despite ample rooftops and parking lots for more efficient local solar generation. Our public lands carry the burden of the President's acquiescence to fossil fuels, and the burden of his vision of change, which still involves handing over wildlands to energy companies.
|Bulldozers clearing Joshua Tree woodland in the western Mojave Desert for the Alta Wind energy center, converting open desert into an industrial zone. Photo by Friends of Mojave.|
|Solar panels adorn a small municipal building in Ohio. As rooftop solar generation adds up, it can have a significant impact on energy demand and pricing.|