Philip Howard recently testified before Congress on the need for infrastructure permitting reform. In his testimony, Philip explained that environmental review and regulatory tradeoffs require giving officials authority to make the value judgments for sensible decisions. Without these judgments, the permitting process can take years, sometimes more than a decade.
The White House cannot solve the problem by executive orders alone. What’s needed is for Congress to pass legislation that clarifies lines of authority. Common Good has proposed three pages of legislation to accomplish that. You can read Philip’s written testimony here.