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Permitting Hell vs. Climate Hell at COP27

Ronald Bailey of Reason writes on the need to modernize permitting to reach climate goals.

The C3 Take
  • Delegates at the UN’s COP27 have optimistically stated that renewable energy will soon power the future.
  • One major obstacle in the way of achieving this goal is inefficient permitting.
  • Onerous environmental reviews take an average of 4. 5 years to complete in the United States, which significantly delays clean energy and infrastructure projects from being deployed.
  • If lawmakers want to meaningfully advance clean power, they must modernize permitting processes around the world.

“And federal red tape is not the only problem. Energy expert and author of A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of NationsRobert Bryce has compiled a handy database of solar and wind projects that have been rejected by local U.S. jurisdictions. Since 2015, some 371 wind farms and 102 solar plants have succumbed to ‘not in my backyard’-ism.”

Read the full article here.

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