A government shutdown does more than put 800,000 livelihoods in jeopardy, it pauses federal services and places a major burden on all government operations. Federal housing loans halted, visas and passport processing ceased, and public areas like National parks, zoos and museums have been shut. But perhaps you’re wondering how this might affect renewable energy development, specifically?
The Department of the Interior furloughed 58,000 of its 72,000 employees, and the Bureau of Land Management sent all but about 600 of its 10,800 employees home yesterday. A whopping 94% of EPA staff, and 97% of NASA employees were impacted. Renewable Energy World pieced together a list of things we might expect in the world of clean energy. According to James Montgomery, the shutdown means major halts on:
- Project permitting and approval
- 1603 Grants
- Education and information outreach
- Power grids
In many cases staff is being reduced to the bare number necessary to uphold public safety. But read the whole article to learn more about what you can expect during the potential long-term shutdown.
Fingers crossed, our elected officials can pull it together.