Permitting Reform: The Bipartisan Climate Issue of 2023

Speeding up permitting reform for clean energy projects is supported by both Republican and Democratic legislators. What is currently in place?



How long should it take for clean energy projects to get a permit?

It may not be the flashiest environmental issue, but it appears that permitting reform could be the hot topic of the summer, with both Republican and Democratic legislators putting forth proposals. The concern is clear: while it’s important to determine whether or not new energy projects will harm the environment, it’s also detrimental to climate progress if clean energy projects are held up for several years by a slow, tedious permitting process. Politicians on both sides appear interested in finding a plan that dramatically speeds up permitting without sacrificing environmental protection or public input. If successful, permitting reform has the opportunity to supercharge climate action in the United States. In this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg,” Ethan explores what permitting regulations are currently in place, what the pros and cons have been, and why despite lots of partisan bickering today, permitting reform offers a golden opportunity for the two parties to find common ground. The Sweaty Penguin is presented by Peril and Promise: a public media initiative from The WNET Group in New York, reporting on the issues and solutions around climate change. You can learn more at Support the show and unlock exclusive merch, bonus content, and more for as little as $5/month at


Writers: Ethan Brown, Velina Georgi, Mo Polyak, Madeleine Salman

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