Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, and Kelsey Brugger of E&E News report on the progressive resistance to permitting reform.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressive lawmakers are opposing any permitting reform that could be included in must-pass funding legislation.
- The group believes that streamlining the permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) would only benefit fossil fuel production when in reality it would help every source of energy.
- NEPA’s inefficient process delays projects by an average of 4.5 years and is hamstringing clean energy growth in the U.S.
- If Sanders is serious in his wanting to address climate change, he must look to reform and modernize NEPA.
Read the full article here.