Shawn Regan and Tate Watkins write in National Review on the ways in which red tape makes wildfires worse.
- America’s inefficient permitting system delays key energy and conservation projects from being completed.
- It takes an average of 3.6 years for a mechanical treatment and 4.7 years for a prescribed burn to get approved under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
- Delaying these conservation projects increases fuel load, makes wildfires more intense, and puts more communities in harm’s way.
- Policymakers must reform and modernize our permitting system to protect our natural and economic environment.
Read the full article here.