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Biden Administration moves to speed up permits for clean energy

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Biden administration has announced rules aimed at speeding up permits for clean energy projects, while imposing stricter requirements to consider climate change and impacts on low-income communities
• This move comes as part of a broader effort to address climate change and environmental justice, including reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

🔭 The context: The new rules streamline the permitting process for projects that require federal approval, including renewable energy transmission lines, while adding requirements to evaluate environmental and social impacts
• They follow bipartisan reforms made to NEPA in 2022 as part of a debt ceiling deal, and they address concerns from both environmental groups and the fossil fuel industry

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: These rules aim to accelerate the transition to clean energy by expediting the approval of renewable projects, while also mitigating environmental and community impacts
• This dual approach seeks to balance economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social equity

⏭️ What's next: The rules' implementation will influence Biden's broader environmental agenda, including measures on coal-fired power plants and protections for vulnerable ecosystems
• The administration is pushing to finalize these reforms before the 2024 election

💬 One quote: "These reforms will deliver smarter decisions, quicker permitting, and projects that are built better and faster," (Brenda Mallory, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality)

📈 One stat: One study found that environmental impact analyses took an average of 4.5 years to complete; the new rules aim to reduce this to two years

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