Resolution on the Siting of Solar and Wind Farm

RESOLUTION 15-08.22A

Resolution on the Siting of Solar and Wind Farm

WHEREAS California Democrats, urban, suburban and rural, hold a shared interest in preserving and protecting the environment that sustains us, and we believe that increasing renewable energy production is desirable because renewable energy sources are essential to reducing air pollution, protecting public health, and combating climate change in California while also preserving and promoting job and economic growth; and

WHEREAS renewable energy development provides energy that has fewer environmental and health impacts than fossil fuels, renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind farms, but can have significant impacts on natural landscapes, habitats, wildlife and can require the use of large tracts of land to site solar and wind farms; and

WHEREAS the US Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields and Revitalization Program and California's Department of Toxic Controls Brownfields Program have identified already-disturbed landscape that have low habitat, wildlife, scenic and agricultural values, which are known as urban brownfields, and are suitable for use for solar and wind farms and, if used, would convert formerly toxic sites into producing clean, renewable energy, would promote local urban job growth and reduce impacts to sensitive landscapes and the requirement for wildlife-threatening transmission lines; NOW

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports, where practical, the use of brownfields identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields and Revitalization Program and California's Department of Toxic Controls Brownfields Program for the siting of solar and wind farms; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party will send copies of this resolution to the Governor, State Constitutional officers and California Democratic members of the Legislature and Congress. Sponsored by Lowell Young

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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