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Manchin, Westerman plot new push for permitting reform

Emma Dumain, Kelsey Brugger, and Jeremy Dillon of E&E News report on the bipartisan push for permitting reform.

The C3 Take
  • Permitting reform, once an exclusively Republican priority, is gaining bipartisan attention as Democrats look to capitalize on the climate spending in the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
  • Under policies like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), it takes an average of 4.5 years for a project to receive approval to begin construction.
  • Modernizing the permitting process is essential to bring clean technologies online and shore up our energy security for the future.

“‘If we want to get it on President [Joe] Biden’s desk, we’re going to have to have Democrats on board,’ Westerman told E&E News earlier in the week. ‘Do I think we can pass something without Democrat support here in the House? Sure. But you can’t pass it out of the Senate without Democrat support.'”

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