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The Biggest Obstacle To Building Offshore Wind Farms Is Government

Eric Boehm of Reason writes about government obstacles to energy development.

The C3 Take
  • Inefficient and outdated regulations are hindering the growth of wind energy.
  • The U.S. has enough offshore wind to generate 42 MW of electricity, with another 18,581 MW being tied up in permitting battles.
  • Rather than extending subsidies for mature wind energy, the government should reduce regulations and simplify the permitting process to allow more clean power and infrastructure to come online.

“Regulatory reforms that trim back environmental reviews—and that prevent them from being weaponized by NIMBYs—would be useful not only for getting offshore wind projects built but also for a host of other infrastructure efforts. As Reason‘s Christian Britschgi has reported, environmental impact statements take 4.5 years on average and run over 650 pages.”

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