The US Department of energy, on its web site at www.sustainable.doe.gov, is showcasing a solar energy access ordinance passed by a municipality in 1980 which purports to restrict the right to maintain a tree which will obstruct access to solar energy on nearby property. The purpose is to encourage the use of solar energy. However, the ordinance totally fails to consider the utility of trees in protecting the environment, both with respect to saving energy and with respect to the climatic and clean air advantages of increasing the tree population. It ignores the fact that the tree which prevents one home from obtaining solar heat shades another and reduces or eliminates the need for air conditioning, and may also serve as a windbreak reducing the need for winter heating. This ordinance is a bad idea which nobody should copy. Why doesnt EPA knock on DOEs door and wise them up?