Trump permitting order benefits fossil fuels and renewables, but NGOs vow to challenge

Utility Dive discusses how Trump’s permitting order benefits fossil fuels and renewables, but NGOs vow to challenge.

  • President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order designed to hasten the approval of infrastructure projects in a move that critics say will undermine critical environmental protections.
  • The order is a response to COVID-19-related delays, according to the White House, and part of an effort to accelerate the country’s economic recovery. “Unnecessary regulatory delays will deny our citizens opportunities for jobs and economic security, keeping millions of Americans out of work and hindering our economic recovery from the national emergency,” the order reads.
  • But the order’s legality is shaky and there is little evidence removing red tape will stimulate economic growth, a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attorney told Utility Dive.

Trump’s Thursday order is consistent with the Administration’s policies on environmental regulations. In May, the President signed another executive order directing federal agencies to ease regulations on industry, following a March directive from the EPA providing compliance flexibility to power plants able to show that any pollution violations were a direct result of COVID-19 impacts.

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