Tate Watkins writes in Reason about the conflict between onerous regulations and clean energy.
- The development of a 12-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada, which would provide reliable, carbon-free power to the grid, has been halted due to new protections for toads.
- The plant’s developers spent 15 years navigating the environmental review process only to have its construction halted (even though the plant wouldn’t have impacted the nearby toad population), effectively preventing 12,000 Southern California homes from being powered cleanly.
- Accomplishing key energy and environmental objectives will require conducting trade offs and modernizing regulations to make it easier for the private sector to scale and develop solutions.
Read the full article here.