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Sen. Joe Manchin’s support of the controversial Inflation Reduction Act hinged on a critical side deal. President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have all agreed to support Manchin’s proposed streamlining of the permitting process for fossil fuel and alternative fuel energy projects.

The overhaul of the bureaucracy is integral, not only to sustaining carbon-based energy supplies and guaranteeing energy security, but also for simplifying the transition to solar, wind and other alternatives that often face untenable regulatory delays.

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