WASHINGTON D.C. — A new in-depth issue brief, Responsible Wind Power and Wildlife, from the National Wildlife Federation lays out best practices for land-based wind power to address their effects on wildlife and minimize harm to species as we develop, site and build renewable energy. The issue brief, co-authored by Jim Murphy and Lauren Anderson from National Wildlife Federation through a partnership with National Audubon Society, also highlights how climate change is threatening species all across America, from moose and wolverines to sea turtles and trout, and how a shift to more clean energy sources will help mitigate the carbon emissions fueling climate change.
“To confront climate change, we absolutely must rapidly deploy more zero-emission sources of energy, but these developments must not come at the expense of our nation’s wildlife or at-risk populations. This innovative report highlights win-win solutions for wind power and wildlife,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “By working collaboratively with industry partners, state and federal wildlife agencies, energy regulators, and local governments, we will ensure that the siting and construction of land-based wind turbines occurs responsibly and avoids wildlife impacts.”
The Responsible Wind Power and Wildlife Issue Brief is available online HERE.
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