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The Lower Energy Costs Act Will Reform America’s Broken Permitting Process

House Republicans are upholding our Commitment to America and ending Joe Biden’s war on American energy with H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. A key pillar of the Lower Energy Costs Act is to reform the permitting process across industries, to cut down on bureaucratic red tape, and to help drive down costs for Americans. 


  • Reforms the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permitting process to streamline federal reviews for all sectors of the economy, including at our international borders.
  • Limits scope of environmental review under NEPA to reasonably foreseeable and economically feasible impacts. 
  • Sets deadlines for completion of NEPA reviews at one year for environmental assessments and two years for environmental impact statements.
  • Provides certainty by imposing a 120-day deadline on filing litigation on final agency actions concerning energy and mining projects.
  • Requires that certain low-impact activities and activities in previously studied areas on public lands are not major federal actions under NEPA.
  • Ends the abuse of the water quality certification process by streamlining the permitting process under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and limiting review to water quality impacts only.
  • Enhances America’s ability to develop critical energy resources by improving the environmental permitting processes at critical minerals refining and process facilities.


  • On the day that Biden was sworn into office, the average price for a gallon of gas nationwide was $2.39.
  • On Monday, the national average for a gallon of gas is $3.44
    • That is a 44% increase. 
  • Biden’s war on American energy resulted in gas prices reaching a historic high of over $5 in June 2022
  • According to the Energy Assistance Directors Association, households are expected to pay the highest energy costs in 15 years this winter.