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Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan for a 10-fold increase in renewable energy on public lands could harm wildlife and scenic landscapes, according to experts.
Environmental experts say more wind turbines and solar panels could kill more migratory birds and displace threatened species.
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Warren wants to ban fossil fuel production on public lands and waters as part of her climate change agenda.
Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who’s running for president, wants to vastly expand the amount of public lands dedicated to renewable energy production as part of her climate change agenda.
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Some environmental experts, however, are concerned a wind and solar build-up could negatively impact wildlife and natural landscapes Warren aims to protect.
“Yes, it will,” Brian Seasholes, a conservationist and Endangered Species Act (ESA) expert, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “It’s going to be huge.”
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Just the land requirements alone would be enormous, Seasholes noted, meaning more wildlife habitats would be impacted and natural landscapes altered to go “green.”
Warren’s plan includes banning fossil fuel production on public lands along with a 10-fold increase in renewable energy production. That could mean millions of more acres based on land-use requirements for wind and solar energy, which worries bird enthusiasts.
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“There is a general concern about industrial solar and wind in that they have to take up a fair amount of habitat,” Steve Holmer, vice president of policy at the American Bird Conservancy, told TheDCNF.
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) 2019 legislative conference in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas.
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“It is only a matter of time before a California Condor and a Whooping Crane, both environmental icons, are killed in a wind turbine or the associated transmission lines,” Seasholes said.
Wind energy is the largest source of non-hydro renewable power, and would benefit from Warren’s plan, especially...
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