Reps. Gosar, Polis, Franks & Thompson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Renewable Energy on Public Lands
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen Paul Gosar (R-AZ) (Chairman Energy and Minerals Subcommittee, House Natural Resources), Jared Polis (D-CO), Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), introduced bipartisan legislation, the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017, which aims to streamline the permitting process for wind, solar and geothermal development on public lands and establishes a revenue sharing mechanism that ensures a fair return for relevant parties:
“This bipartisan bill removes government red tape and unnecessary bureaucracy while developing a streamlined process that will drive investment toward high quality renewable resources,” stated Chairman Paul Gosar. “The revenue sharing mechanism in this bill will help local governments deliver critical services on important projects such as road maintenance, public safety and law enforcement.”
Congressman Mike Thompson stated, “Streamlining renewable energy projects on public lands will put hardworking Californians back to work. We owe it to the people of our state to cut the unnecessary red tape and put a straightforward permitting process into place. Only then will we spur job growth, expand our energy sector, and support conservation efforts. I’m proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on this commonsense solution to grow our economy.”
Congressman Jared Polis stated, “For too long the oil and gas industry has enjoyed sweetheart deals with the government, while the renewable industry has received all the scraps. The Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act is a practical solution to combat climate change. Now, more than ever–we need the solar, geothermal, and wind industries to flourish, which will not only create more jobs, but save our precious environment.