Washington (September 16, 2022) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), author of the Green New Deal and Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety, issued the following statement in response to ongoing discussions regarding energy projects permitting reform:

“I understand the importance of the commitments that resulted in the historic Inflation Reduction Act and recognize the ongoing conversation on how to fix our permitting system in this country. I have heard from colleagues and allies, and share their concerns about permitting provisions that could negatively impact communities. I will be talking with my colleagues about whether this package can reflect the values of environmental justice. As a way forward is discussed, and especially as new anti-environment proposals are being brought to the permitting discussions, we should not attach the permitting overhaul package to the must-pass government funding legislation.”