Federalism is not a facile commitment to “states-rights” no matter what states do. EPA Administrator Pruit’s criticism of California’s attempt to regulate beyond its borders is entirely consistent with a commitment to federalism.
Just as competition leads to innovation in the economy, and crony capitalism leads to sluggishness, competition among states is the driving force behind environmental policy innovation.
The federal government should transfer permitting authority to states under the Clean Water Act 404 program.
If red states must accept Congress’ decisions about federal lands, blue states do too.
Federalism should always drive environmental policy, not just when the President is opposed to environmentalists.
Congress and the Trump administration should pursue federalism and libertarian environmentalist reforms, rather than legislating against the environment.
In the wake of the election, there’s hope that environmentalists will discover the benefits of federalism to the environment. Those … More