E&E News discusses Trump’s infrastructure plan with Myron Ebell.
President Trump’s ballyhooed infrastructure push — envisioned as a $1.5 trillion construction push paired with accelerated environmental reviews — rides on some White House officials with deep ties to Capitol Hill and Wall Street.
The president’s pitch for a bipartisan infrastructure deal during his State of the Union speech last night capped weeks of closed-door meetings and public conferences among industry and environmental groups, mayors and lawmakers, Trump’s infrastructure guru David James “D.J.” Gribbin and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
CEQ chief of staff Neumayr is also being eyed as a pivotal player in Trump’s bid to speed NEPA reviews.
“If they’re going to spend money on infrastructure, the only way they’re going to be able to do it is if they streamline the NEPA permitting process,” said Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who led the Trump transition at U.S. EPA. “Since CEQ is in charge of NEPA, that means Mary and her team will be important.”
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