Washington Post | Yes, we need to protect the planet, but we need the right laws to do so

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The Jan. 10 front-page article about the White House’s proposed environmental rules, “Trump move to accelerate work could harm climate,” listed three National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) examples: “A mining company applying for a permit to drain a wetland to an energy company seeking federal approval to conduct seismic testing offshore or to lay down ice roads to hunt for oil.”

In reality, NEPA impedes many more projects than what the article implies. NEPA affects everything from road construction to renewable energy development. Fixing dams and bridges, protecting communities from wildfires, making forests healthy and providing Americans with Internet access are all hampered by the cumbersome NEPA process.