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The unsexy but incredibly powerful key to fight climate change: Reform permitting

Jen Lococo of ClearPath writes in The Hill on the importance of permitting reform for addressing climate change.

The C3 Take
  • One of the largest barriers to the rapid deployment of clean technologies and sustainable solutions is an inefficient and largely outdated permitting system.
  • Permitting and approval under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for example, delays projects by years, driving up costs and disincentivizing investments.
  • In order to address climate change, the United States should look to streamline and reform our current permitting and approval system to allow innovation and the private sector to thrive.

“Reforming the environmental approvals and permitting process is the unsexy, yet incredibly powerful key to fighting climate change. For example, the bipartisan infrastructure bill that is due for a vote any day now in Congress is being called a down payment on the infrastructure needed for a low-carbon economy. But without the ability to actually build, that investment would be squandered.”

Read the full article here.

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