The planning, siting, and managing of electric transmission lines in the United States must be reformed as part of a comprehensive effort to transition to a clean energy economy. Because the focal point of a national clean energy strategy must be an economy-wide limit on global warming pollutants that results in rapid and dramatic emissions reductions, a strong renewable electricity standard must be put in place to promote deployment of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures. Unfortunately, the renewables revolution can't happen without power lines to carry clean renewable energy. We must use existing power lines where we can, and, if new lines are needed, we must construct well-planned, throughtfully-placed projects that serve renewable energy first. However, current transmission policies do little to ensure new transmission investments are kind to the climate or the landscape.
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