Emma Dumain and Kelsey Brugger of E&E News report on Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), and his push to convince Democrats to address NEPA reform.
- The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) delays the buildout of energy, transmission, and infrastructure projects by years, stifling innovation.
- NEPA’s inefficient process has disproportionately harmed clean energy and transmission projects.
- Conservation methods like prescribed burns and mechanical thinnings are also delayed by years because of NEPA, which makes wildfires more costly and dangerous.
- Modernizing NEPA is not an excuse to institute lax environmental standards, instead it would provide regulatory clarity to businesses and innovators.
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