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It Takes Lots of Permits to Save the Planet

Mario Loyola writes in The Wall Street Journal about the complicated and burdensome permitting process that is required in order to complete clean energy and infrastructure process.

The C3 Take
  • Environmental review and permitting take years to be completed, which stalls clean energy projects that would benefit our environment.
  • Through a more efficient system, we can streamline environmental review to protect our environment and spur economic growth.
  • Before we look to improve our infrastructure, Congress must look for ways to cut burdensome environmental red tape to allow our planet and improvement projects to thrive.

“Competitors like Germany, Canada and Australia routinely complete reviews of infrastructure proposals in under two years while often doing a better job of protecting the environment. Congress should require agencies to make final decisions on permit applications in under two years, subject to a board of permit appeals. It should limit the ability of small advocacy groups to snarl projects of national importance in years of court delays. And lawmakers should empower the lead federal agency to coordinate the interagency approval process and ensure its adherence to a predicable timetable. The current system is abusive, wasteful, and bad for the Earth if saving it requires new renewable-energy projects.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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