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Biden’s “Groundbreaking” Missed Opportunity on Climate Policy

Rich Powell of ClearPath writes in MarketWatch about Biden’s missed opportunity on climate policy.

The C3 Take
  • Without meaningful permitting reform, America’s climate and environmental goals will fall short.
  • Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), it takes an average of 4.5 years for a project to complete the permitting process.
  • Lawmakers can modernize permitting with a three-pronged approach that includes granting immediate approvals where no harm exists, carefully streamlining approvals where there is limited environmental impact, and resolving legal disputes in less than one year.
  • Reforming and updating our permitting process is essential to bolstering energy security, spurring conservation, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“President Biden missed a critical opportunity during his State of the Union address. In touting the bipartisan infrastructure law, he directed a comment towards Republicans – ‘I’ll see you at the groundbreaking.’ In reality, breaking ground on anything will need a permit, and we unfortunately did not hear a plan to fix the permitting crisis.”

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