Carper Proposal Would Modernize Path to Clean Energy

Statement of EDF Executive Director Amanda Leland

May 18, 2023
Matthew Tresaugue, 713-392-7888,

“Senator Tom Carper has put forward a balanced proposal that should be central to the conversation about modernizing the path for clean energy and transmission. His proposal will expedite approvals of clean energy projects by ensuring that federal agencies do their work in a coordinated and collaborative way. It also will prioritize permitting reviews for the large-scale projects needed for our clean energy transition.

“This work will be done by engaging early with states, tribes and local communities to ensure meaningful public involvement and consideration of alternatives that avoid harms to people’s health and the environment. The proposal, for example, will provide funding to support technical assistance, job creation and other community benefits.

“We urge Congress to give serious consideration to this proposal with an open debate on the permitting process – separate from negotiations on the debt limit – that results in improved community input and more resilient projects. EDF looks forward to working with Senator Carper and his colleagues to make necessary progress toward a just and rapid transition to a cleaner, healthier and safer future for everyone.”

            - Amanda Leland, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund

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