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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 Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new report has found that since the 2015 signing of the Paris agreement, more than 75% of the world’s planned coal plant projects have been scrapped, and 44 countries have no future coal plans whatsoever. The report’s authors hope this trend will continue as the COP26 conference in […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The House Ways and Means Committee has released their portion of the reconciliation for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending package. The plan follows through on many promises made by the Biden administration, including clean energy tax credits and credits for electric vehicle owners. The plan, announced on the heels […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced that it would “revise” regulations regarding renewable energy on public lands, a move that may ease the development of solar and wind projects. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said that it would be seeking input for a new proposal, which it plans to issue early next year. […]
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