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NIMBY groups are able to tie up the development of renewables projects in court for years until the cost of development becomes infeasible. In order to comprehensively act on climate change, we need to drastically scale up solar and wind in the United States, doing so will necessitate streamlining processes like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as well as other measures that can fast track these projects.
Go Deeper: Michael B. Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, wrote a great paper on how we can begin to streamline renewables projects.
Mormon Mesa Mess: The group opposed to the construction of Battle Born project is made up residents and environmentalists who feel that the solar farm would hinder hiking, camping, driving off-highway vehicles, and horseback riding and deter tourists from visiting artist Michael Heizer’s environmental sculpture, “Double Negative” (1969).
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer President Biden announced a plan to develop seven new offshore wind farms along US coastlines. He aims to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 — enough energy to power over 10 million homes. Why this Matters: The proposed wind projects could avert 78 million metric […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A peak in fossil fuel use is expected by the middle of the decade and according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest annual World Energy Outlook report:There’s still a clean energy gap when it comes to limiting global temperature rise. Released in the lead up to the COP26 […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Gas is the largest energy source in the US. Gas stoves aren’t the largest consumer of natural gas in any home, but they’ve become “a focal point in the fight over whether gas should even exist” as an energy source in people’s residences. Burning gas, especially without ventilation like […]
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