Rich Powell of ClearPath writes in MarketWatch about Biden’s missed opportunity on climate policy.
- 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.”
Read the full article here.