Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wyoming BLM gets "renewables" office

This is an interesting story by the Associated Press:

The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the establishment of four special offices to expedite and accelerate the development of renewable energy resources on public land. One of those offices is to be located in Wyoming. The other offices are planned for Arizona, Nevada and California. Outgoing Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said in a statement last week that the primary job of the four new renewables offices is "to expedite development of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal resources on public lands." He also mentioned the development of electrical transmission facilities. The renewables offices are to be staffed by BLM employees working in a variety of natural resource specialties, and receive staff support from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service experts and other agencies within the Interior Department.

That's great. Even outgoing Secretary of the Interior Dick Kempthorne from Idaho realizes that we are in a new era. Let's hope this carries over to the new Interior Secretary, Colorado's Ken Salazar, whose appointment was confirmed today.

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