Last updated on: 7/28/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Almost all renewable energy resources originate in the sun. Non-hydropower renewable energy currently accounts for only four percent of U.S. energy and two percent of the electricity supply. Hydropower provides an additional 10 percent of production and seven percent of electricity. In the last decade, the growth in U.S. renewable energy production outpaced all sources except for nuclear energy.

Barriers to renewable energy development include high up-front costs and higher power costs. For example, electricity produced from natural gas currently costs three cents per kilowatt-hour, compared to about six cents for solar energy. But the generating costs for renewable energy are shrinking, and surveys show that Americans are increasingly supportive of non-polluting power…

There are almost limitless possibilities for scientific exploration and innovation in the fields of energy technology, energy efficiency, and conservation, especially as applied to renewable and alternative energy resources.”

“Some Basic Energy Information,” www.blm.gov (accessed July 7, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was established in 1946 through the consolidation of the 1850’s Actual Cadastral Survey Status Map from the General Land OfficeGeneral Land Office (created in 1812) and the U.S. Grazing Service (formed in 1934). The functions of the BLM are also addressed in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA)…

The BLM is responsible for carrying out a variety of programs for the management and conservation, of resources on 256 million surface acres, as well as 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate, These public lands make up about 13 percent of the total land surface of the United States and more than 40 percent of all land managed by the Federal government…”

“About the BLM,” www.blm.gov (accessed July 7, 2009)

Mission:

“Working with its partners at the local, state, and national levels, the BLM will meet its mission of sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”

“About the BLM,” www.blm.gov (accessed July 7, 2009)

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