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Without Permit Reform, Path to Clean Energy Could Face a Detour

Jinjoo Lee of The Wall Street Journal reports on the need for permitting reform.

The C3 Take
  • Without comprehensive reforms to our permitting system, the United States will struggle to achieve clean energy objectives.
  • Inefficient permitting also hamstrings our ability to address wildfires by delaying key conservation projects like prescribed burns and mechanical thinnings.
  • Sen. Manchin’s permitting bill, which has failed to advance, was a permitting bill in name only and did not address the root cause of the issue.
  • Congress should still look to modernize our antiquated permitting system to bolster our energy security and environmental health.

“The analysis found that if the U.S. expands transmission at more than double the recent historical pace (roughly 2.3% a year), greenhouse-gas emissions would be roughly 800 million tons lower in 2030 compared with a scenario where transmission expands at just a 1% pace.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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