National Parks

Clinton's Energy Plan Pits Green Against Green
Will solar and wind farms take over parks and preserves?

HIllary Clinton needs to fill in the blanks about her proposal to spur alternative energy development on public lands, writes John Bicknell. (Roll Call file photo)

There is a civil war going on in the environmental movement. No blood will be spilled, but like the conflagration that nearly destroyed the Union in the 19th century, disagreements over the use of public lands for alternative energy production is not likely to be settled by compromise. Somebody will win and somebody will lose.  

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, wants to “accelerate renewable energy project siting and development” on public lands, according to her campaign website. To that end, she has called for a “tenfold increase in renewable energy production on public lands and waters within ten years.”  

Terri Sewell Leads Alabama Plan for National Park
Democrat rallies legislation to designate Birmingham civil rights sites

Terri Sewell, seen here in Selma in her district, is hoping Birmingham's Civil Rights District will become a national park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., welcomed to Washington a delegation of civic and civil rights leaders from her state as part of a bipartisan proposal to designate Birmingham's Historic Civil Rights District as a national park.  

"A national park designation allows a city like Birmingham to partner with the National Park Service to make sure we can preserve these historical sites," Sewell said at a National Press Club event surrounded by Birmingham's Mayor William A. Bell, City Council President Pro Tempore Jay Roberson and others.