AP: New executive order intends to speed infrastructure construction

August 15, 2017

Georgetown Climate Center Adaptation Program Manager, Jessica Grannis, spoke with the Associated Press about a new executive order that the White House said intends to make more efficient the federal permitting process for construction of transportation, water, and other infrastructure projects without harming the environment.

However, the order includes revoking an earlier executive order signed by President Obama that required projects built in flood plains with federal aid to take sea level rise driven by climate change into account in their design, White House officials said.

"What this order will do is ensure that we will waste more taxpayer money because federal agencies will no longer have to consider long-term flood risks to federally funded infrastructure projects," Grannis told the AP.

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