Hitting climate goals needs clean energy permitting reform: Letter to the editor

My husband and I are on our return trip to California after driving our EV across the country to Washington, D.C. The primary purpose of our trip was to attend the June 8-11 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Summer Conference and Lobby Day in D.C.

On June 11, over 1,000 climate-concerned volunteers from all around the country held 442 lobby meetings on Capitol Hill, meeting with senators and representatives on both sides of the aisle (including in the offices of our own members of Congress: Rep. Anna Eshoo, Sen. Alex Padilla and Sen. Laphonza Butler).

We highlighted the need for clean energy permitting reform, which would speed up the approval of electric transmission lines to help get solar and wind energy from where it’s produced to where it’s needed. Without this, the United States will not reach its climate goals.

Members of Congress are influenced by their constituents. Please urge yours to support permitting reform.

Paula Danz
Los Altos

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