On July 13, the House Natural Resources Committee approved four bills speeding the development of renewable energy on public lands via a waiver of National Environmental Policy Act review requirements. The primary bill was the Cutting Red Tape to Facilitate Renewable Energy Act (H.R. 2170), introduced by Committee Chairman Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) and reported out of committee by a vote of 24-16. The legislation would require environmental reviews to be conducted only for the specific location of a renewable energy project, not, as currently mandated, for alternative locations. In addition, the committee approved three other bills exempting some projects from a NEPA provision that requires an environmental impact statement. Those bills were the Exploring Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act (H.R. 2171), introduced by Rep. Raul R. Labrador (R-ID), and approved by a vote of 24-16; the Utilizing America's Federal Lands for Wind Energy Act (H.R. 2172), introduced Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and approved by a vote of 27-16; and the Advancing Offshore Wind Production Act (H.R. 2173), introduced by Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), which was approved by a vote of 24-18. The Obama administration officials and environmentalists opposed all four of the bills.