Target: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Goal: Applaud development of new environmentally safe solar energy plants
The U.S. government has taken another step toward decreasing the amount of non-renewable energy sources the country depends on by setting aside large areas of public land for developing solar energy plants. These designated desert zones, which are mostly in Southern California, were chosen because of their distance from endangered wildlife and sensitive natural areas. The U.S. should be applauded for moving toward ending the country’s reliance on the energy sources which contribute heavily to climate change.
In the last few years the U.S. government has taken measures to expand the production of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, and reduce the use of imported oil. However, the country is still far behind many other developed nations. Previous plans for building solar energy plants on public lands have been deemed unsatisfactory by conservation groups because of their damage to threatened wildlife.
Although the new plan does respect the environment where the plants are to be built, the country should also be looking toward methods of producing green energy in cities and completely sparing the deserts from being overtaken by solar energy companies. Many of these companies have already built their plants on the delicate areas of the desert that the government is now trying to protect, and steps should now be taken to move the existing plants away from those fragile areas.
The U.S. government recently approved solar, wind, and geothermal projects that are expected to produce enough renewable energy to power millions of homes. The areas designated for companies to build the plants were chosen in locations where they will not conflict with protected areas or interfere with desert landscapes. This new plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create new jobs, and lead to a decrease in dependence on other countries for energy.
The United States deserves recognition for making efforts to catch up with the more advanced renewable energy programs in place in the rest of the developed world.
Dear Ken Salazar,
The solar energy plan that was recently approved for the West Coast will help the country produce more renewable energy and reduce the reliance on energy sources that contribute to global warming. The areas designated for building the energy plants are in locations where endangered wildlife and sensitive environments will not be disturbed.
The new plan will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lead us away from our dependence on non-renewable energy. The next step would be to start producing clean energy in cities so that natural areas can be completely left alone.
Thank you for allowing the country to take a step toward ending our reliance on unsustainable energy sources, and starting the process of producing our own clean energy to catch up with more environmentally conscious and self-reliant countries.
[Your Name Here]
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