CRES joins U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Coalition Letter on Permitting Reform

To the Members of the United States Congress:

Today, the single biggest obstacle to building the infrastructure of the future is a broken permitting system. That is why the undersigned list of diverse groups across the country and economy is calling on Congress to Permit America to Build by enacting meaningful, durable legislation to modernize America’s permitting processes before the end of the summer.

Public and private sector infrastructure projects will improve our economy and the lives of millions of Americans. Investing in highways, bridges, transit systems, and ports will move people and goods more quickly and efficiently. Building new energy production, transmission, and distribution projects promises to improve energy reliability and reduce emissions. Expanding access to broadband can close the digital divide, and rebuilding failing water systems will ensure safe drinking water. And we can strengthen our national security by expanding domestic production of critical technologies and the raw materials they require. But America cannot accomplish any of this if the outdated, inefficient, and unpredictable permitting process is not improved.

We are pleased to see support for modernizing our permitting process from across the ideological spectrum, and a recognition that the current system is broken. We know there are differing perspectives in Congress on how best to address current challenges. Our organizations will not agree on every issue. We are committed, however, to working with Congress to find solutions and pass meaningful and durable legislation.

As a starting point, we are united on the following principles:

  • Predictability – Project developers and financers must have an appropriate level of certainty regarding the scope and timeline for project reviews, including any related judicial review.
  • Efficiency – Interagency coordination must be improved to optimize public and private resources while driving better environmental and community outcomes.
  • Transparency – Project sponsors and the public must have visibility into the project permitting milestones and schedule through an easily accessible public means.
  • Stakeholder Input – All relevant stakeholders must be adequately informed and have the opportunity to provide input within a reasonable and consistent timeframe.

This effort won’t be easy but must be pursued to take full advantage of the once-in-a-generation investment opportunities before us. We are confident that this Congress can pass meaningful and durable legislation. We urge you to do so before the end of the summer.

Sincerely,

National/Regional

ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association

Advanced Energy United

Airlines for America

Alliance for Automotive Innovation

Aluminum Association

American Association of Port Authorities

American Chemistry Council

American Clean Power Association

American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute

American Conservation Coalition

American Consumer Institute

American Council for Capital Formation

American Council of Engineering Companies

American Council on Renewable Energy

American Exploration and Production Council

American Forest & Paper Association

American Foundry Society

American Gas Association

American Hotel and Lodging Association

American Petroleum Institute

American Pipeline Contractors Association

American Public Gas Association

American Public Power Association

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Trucking Associations

American Wood Council

Americans for Tax Reform

Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Equipment Distributors

Associated General Contractors of America

Bipartisan Policy Center

Business Roundtable

C3 Solutions

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Clean Energy Buyers Association

Competitive Carriers Association

Composite Panel Association

Computer & Communications Industry Association

ConservAmerica

Consumer Energy Alliance

Consumer Technology Association

Council of Industrial Boiler Owners

CrossState Credit Union Association

Digital Liberty

Digital Progress Institute

Distribution Contractors Association

Edison Electric Institute

Electric Power Supply Association

Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance

Energy Workforce & Technology Council

The Fertilizer Institute

Fiber Broadband Association

The Food Industry Association

Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association

GPA Midstream Association

GPSA Association

Hardwood Federation

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Independent Petroleum Association of America

Industrial Energy Consumers of America

Institute of Makers of Explosives

International Sign Association

International Union of Operating Engineers

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Laborers’ International Union of North America

Liquid Energy Pipeline Association

LNG Allies, The USLNG Association

Manufacturer & Business Association

Metals Service Center Institute

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National Asphalt Pavement Association

National Association of Realtors

National Lime Association

National Mining Association

National Ocean Industries Association

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

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Natural Gas Supply Association

North America’s Building Trades Unions

Plastics Pipe Institute

Portland Cement Association

Power and Communication Contractors Association

Process Gas Consumers Group

Progressive Policy Institute

R Street Institute

Solar Energy Industries Association

Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association

TechNet

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Vinyl Institute

Water and Sewer Distributors of America

Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association

Western States Trucking Association

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Enterprise Chamber of Commerce

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