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Permitting Reform Needed At Every Level Of Government

Adam Millsap writes in Forbes about the need to reform permitting at every level of government.

The C3 Take
  • While a burdensome permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) delays clean energy development, it also hinders conservation and infrastructure projects.
  • NEPA-caused delays have created a massive backlog at the U.S. Forest Service which puts the health of forests and communities at risk.
  • A potential lithium mine in Maine, which would create American-made EV batteries, was halted due to NEPA and state regulations.
  • Modernizing America’s permitting system is an essential step to reach our climate goals, protect communities, and bolster our energy security.

“We need permitting reform because we need more energy production. We need more natural gas, more nuclear, more solar, more geothermal, more oil, and more wind. America’s current level of red-tape and our convoluted permitting process makes all energy production frustratingly and unnecessarily difficult.”

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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