Stopping Clean Power: Local Roadblocks and Energy Permitting

This event was in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The livestream was recorded by AEI’s team in AEI’s auditorium.

In the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US experienced the largest energy bonanza in history. Simultaneous booms in oil, natural gas, and renewable power massively increased US energy production that made this new energy extremely affordable. Meanwhile, local and state governments maintain and erect new roadblocks to energy transportation, blocking consumers from accessing these new, cheaper, and often cleaner sources of energy. How can we prevent these roadblocks from harming the American energy economy and wasting the benefits of this massive energy boom?

At a live event cosponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, panelists discuss these obstacles and the regulatory, legislative, and legal solutions that will unlock permitting for a cheaper, cleaner, and more secure grid.

For more related content, read James W. Coleman’s paper: Overcoming Local Roadblocks to Energy Transport and a Cleaner New Energy System.

Sanjay Patnaik

Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Development

Brookings Institution


Robert Glicksman

J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law

George Washington University Law School


James W. Coleman

Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law


Energy & Environment

American Enterprise Institute

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