Resolving Conflicts Between Endangered Species Conservation and Renewable Energy Siting: Wiggle Room for Renewables?

Journal Article

Title: Resolving Conflicts Between Endangered Species Conservation and Renewable Energy Siting: Wiggle Room for Renewables?
Authors: Badichek, G.
Publication Date:
January 01, 2019
Journal: Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development
Volume: 21
Issue: 2
Pages: 187-210
Publisher: Columbia University
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Citation

Badichek, G. (2019). Resolving Conflicts Between Endangered Species Conservation and Renewable Energy Siting: Wiggle Room for Renewables?. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 21(2), 187-210.
Abstract: 

Two federal policies—the protection of endangered species, and the rapid creation of renewable energy infrastructure—currently exist in significant legal tension. While both are important for the development of necessary sustainability, climate change induced by the continuous burning of carbon-based fuels likely poses a greater threat to endangered species than does the growth of commercial-scale renewable energy sites. This paper outlines several points of conflict between the two policies and subsequently considers the extent to which federal agencies responsible for renewable energy oversight and development possess “wiggle room” under the Endangered Species Act. A few recommendations for greater leeway are then offered.

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