Imagine this: A new solar energy company wants to build a solar farm on federal public land in the desert. They need to bulldoze an area of good habitat for endemic wildlife and plantlife like ancient creosote circles. Renewable energy can help slow climate change, but does it have to destroy a healthy part of the ecosystem in the process? That’s where NEPA comes in. Before a federal agency approves the project, it must consider how that project will impact the environment and communities. Public comment is crucial in the NEPA process.