Statement by Philip K. Howard before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

Common Good Chair Philip K. Howard testified today before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ hearing on “Modernizing NEPA for the 21st Century.” The 1970 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a landmark statute requiring that federally-funded projects be reviewed for potential environmental impact. Implementation of NEPA has diverged, however, from the original goal of a thoughtful process with public transparency to become a weapon of unnecessary delay and complexity that ironically harms the environment. A course correction is needed, such as Common Good’s 3-page legislative proposal. You can read Philip’s prepared remarks here. And here’s an accompanying press release on Philip’s testimony.