Republicans claim impediments to increasing wind and solar energy projects lie with federal agency bureaucracy. Democrats insist fossil fuels have been inappropriately exalted forsaking renewables. And a third economic issue is at stake--whether federal production tax credits will be extended. \u201cThere are clearly abundant opportunities on our public lands and waters for home-grown American energy,\u201d said House Natural Resources Committee chair Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) June 1. He blamed problems in advancing renewable largely on \u201cbureaucratic delays,\u201d and \u201cburdensome environmental regulations.\u201d Republican lawmakers, he asserted, support alternative energy development alongside coal, other fossil-fueled power, and nuclear developments. He repeatedly called that an \u201call of the above\u201d approach. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) countered that conservatives have blocked renewable development for years, while throwing huge subsidies at the fossil power industry. For Republicans, Markey said, \u201cIt is oil above all others.\u201d Renewable energy lobbyists called for market and regulatory certainty, with the extension of the federal production tax credit a top priority. The credit expires at the end of next year. Another problem for the wind industry, according to the some witnesses, is the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service\u2019s recent guidelines aimed at reducing the number of birds killed by turbine blades. \u201cThe suggestion by some members of the wind industry that guidelines to prevent deaths of eagles from wind turbines are too stringent reflects a serious lack of concern for even the most iconic of American birds,\u201d said Mike Parr, vice president of American Bird Conservancy. \u201cThe wind projects at Altamont Pass in California have been killing around 95 Golden Eagles each year,\u201d he added. For the solar industry, a bone of contention is the current public land boundaries that delineate prime solar energy sites. The designation by the Bureau of Land Management in its March 2011 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement allows expedited permitting for renewable developments in the specified areas. Some of the outside land includes public lands targeting for solar development well before the federal environmental assessment was launched, said Frank DeRosa, First Solar senior vice president.