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house Bill H.R. 3794

Should Red Tape Delaying Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands be Eliminated?

Argument in favor

Renewable energy development on federally-owned public lands is crucial to increasing use of renewable energy across the U.S., and particularly in the West. Currently, these projects are being held up by bureaucratic red tape. This bill would cut through those delays and allow clean energy to be deployed more quickly, benefiting everyone through revenue-sharing.

Ayush's Opinion
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10/10/2019
Yes - the only way to stop climate change is to go all in. We need more renewable energy, less pollution, and more politicians ready to address the problem at hand.
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Aaron's Opinion
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10/11/2019
Yes. We need to maximize our use of renewables
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David's Opinion
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10/11/2019
Wow, a bureaucracy cutting Red-Tape! This would be awesome, however, in no way are federal bureaucrats going to agree to this. A bureaucrat’s goal, at the very least, is the preservation of the bureaucracy. Any attempt to reduce Red-Tape is a threat to that goal.
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Argument opposed

This bill would gut environmental protections that are key to ensuring renewable energy development on public lands is done responsibly. Recent history shows that the Solar Energy Program can have negative impacts on devastating to local environments and communities.

jimK's Opinion
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10/11/2019
We certainly need to start working renewable energy. Some public lands would certainly be suitable for several alternative approaches. That being said, I do not want an excuse to simply rape valued national lands. The environmental controls must still be heeded. Perhaps there is a reasonable approach that can accelerate the approval process- which I would whole-heartedly recommend. I am also a little afraid of just starting large scale renewable projects without proper high level planning to ensure that projects do more good than harm. I am hung-go on getting started but want to do so in a coordinated and responsible manner - and not just shotgun projects all over the country without some study to assure resources are allocated to greatest impact, lowest consequence solutions. The effort to get to a zero carbon world will be expensive and time consuming. It must be done right the first time; there won’t be second chances.
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Scott's Opinion
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10/10/2019
The so called ‘red tape’ is there to protect the lands from greedy developers. They have a very bad track record of protecting public lands that are developed without sufficient oversight. This kind of bill only facilitates wanton destruction of resources.
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Robert (steve)'s Opinion
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10/10/2019
The use of federal land is a big question mark and makes me suspicious. There is plenty a privately owned land that could be purchased or leased. I am all for renewable energy, I just do not trust this bill.
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    Yes - the only way to stop climate change is to go all in. We need more renewable energy, less pollution, and more politicians ready to address the problem at hand.
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    We certainly need to start working renewable energy. Some public lands would certainly be suitable for several alternative approaches. That being said, I do not want an excuse to simply rape valued national lands. The environmental controls must still be heeded. Perhaps there is a reasonable approach that can accelerate the approval process- which I would whole-heartedly recommend. I am also a little afraid of just starting large scale renewable projects without proper high level planning to ensure that projects do more good than harm. I am hung-go on getting started but want to do so in a coordinated and responsible manner - and not just shotgun projects all over the country without some study to assure resources are allocated to greatest impact, lowest consequence solutions. The effort to get to a zero carbon world will be expensive and time consuming. It must be done right the first time; there won’t be second chances.
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    The so called ‘red tape’ is there to protect the lands from greedy developers. They have a very bad track record of protecting public lands that are developed without sufficient oversight. This kind of bill only facilitates wanton destruction of resources.
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    The use of federal land is a big question mark and makes me suspicious. There is plenty a privately owned land that could be purchased or leased. I am all for renewable energy, I just do not trust this bill.
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    Even at the benefit of creating more renewable energy, I still oppose destroying the environmental regulations created to protect our public lands. That’s a really self defeating proposal. Pick a different way. One that uses responsible development.
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    What they’re saying is cut the epa out of the process. Which means they just pick a spot and plop it down and to hell with any impact it might have on the environment. I’d rather accelerate the change by o renewables AND still perform environmental impact studies. By now I’m sure that the solar,wind and geothermal companies etc know exactly where they want to put stuff. Likewise I’m sure the NPS and EPA have records of whether those places are minimal impact spots or not.
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    No reason to make federal public land look like an industrial zone instead of a nature reserve!!! Save the animals natural habits & quit the ugly wind towers/solar farms!!!
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    The red tape exists to prevent pollution and destruction. Keep It
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    I'm a liberal and renewable energy is a very important to me but clean energy has to be developed responsibly.
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    NO RENEWABLE OR NON-RENEWABLE searching on National Lands. The Trump Bunch has NEARLY DESTROYED OUR NATIONAL LANDS ALREADY.
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    No, work with in the system or seek to provide a better system for everyone going forward. I am done with quick fixes that fail to account for the long term consequences. Like slow walking an impeachment inquiry vote in order to help “vulnerable Democrats” at the expense of the long term impacts to our National Security. Or like, protecting an unfit president because of the potential fall out from Putin/desire to continue your shadow government. Besides, there isn’t enough political trust for me to believe anything Republicans propose, and especially in relationship to both federal land/regulations as long as the GOP continueS to back Trump. And especially not after Republicans allowed Trump to stoop to a whole new low just today; The Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal for regulating lead in drinking water will leave millions of American children exposed to dangerous levels of the highly potent neurotoxin, which can cause permanent brain damage, warned the Environmental Working Group.
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    I was onboard with this bill until I read the part about revenue sharing. Renewables show promise, but not at the expense of our natural resources and certainly not to redistribute wealth.
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    I knew this bill had to be the idea of a Repugnant. No, you do not just go about raping Federal lands. You MUST GO THROUGH THE HOOPS, SO WE CAN KNOW THAT WHAT YOU DO WILL NOT BE ENVIRONMENTALLY DESTRUCTIVE!
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    Regulations are written for good reasons. This is just another attempt to destroy our regulatory process and force privatization. I am against it.
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    Please PROTECT PUBLIC LANDS!! No to development or revenue ideas.
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    Can we improve our utilization of renewable resources without using federal lands? Destroying areas of preserved nature to to achieve green goals seems like “robbing Peter to pay Paul.”
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    This is another Trump money grab for those reckless developers who are in it for a quick buck.
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    The doublespeak BS is heavy in this one. Renewable energy is good, but not if the price is gutting our environmental protections.
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    I’m all for clean renewable energy, but not at the cost of the wild animals & environment. Solar panels installed in CA have killed 6000 birds/year. That’s not acceptable.
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    Bill introduced by a Republican. I have no faith in anyone on the right to do what is best for this country or the environment. The GOP only introduces bills to enrich themselves and screw everyone else. 🖕GOP
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