Clean energy sources like wind and solar are important tools in the fight against climate change. But you have to build those projects where the resources are, which may be home to threatened or endangered species. So how do we protect the environment -- while protecting the environment?
The key is finding ways for both species and renewable energy to thrive.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently signed an order to increase his department's focus on production, development and transmission of electricity created from renewable sources. The order also creates an energy and climate change task force that will identify specific zones on public land where the department can move forward on large-scale renewable energy projects quickly.
The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Audubon Society have teamed up to create maps of sensitive habitat on public lands. They will show renewable resource developers what areas the conservation groups would like to leave undeveloped. These maps could help create a win-win situation for the environment.