Biden Chooses Red Tape over Clean Energy

President Joe Biden deliver remarks to commemorate LGBTQ+ Pride Month at the White House, June 25, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
By delaying key reforms from the Trump administration, the president is undermining his own goals.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ne of the Trump administration’s signature achievements was cutting the overwhelming red tape facing major infrastructure projects in America. This week the White House announced that it is delaying a key part of those reforms, with more significant changes to come. Rolling back the reforms would be a setback for all Americans, not least those who share President Biden’s commitment to social justice and climate action.

Most major infrastructure projects, such as bridges and solar projects, require federal permits and lengthy environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Since the law’s enactment, the process had become exorbitantly costly, …

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Mario Loyola is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program of Florida International University, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University. The opinions expressed in this column are his alone.

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