President Donald Trump on Jan. 9 unveiled proposed reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that would streamline the federal approval process for infrastructure projects.

Under the proposal, federal agencies would no longer consider cumulative impacts of new infrastructure, which courts have interpreted as compelling studies to show the effects of allowing more greenhouse gas emissions that derive from a project. It also includes how the results of climate change, including rising sea levels, would affect a project over the long term.

In an address from the Roosevelt Room in the White House, the president said his plan would reduce the average permitting timeline for major projects by 70% to about two years.

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