Since 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency has regulated discharges of pollution to “waters of the United States.” The meaning of … More
Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency published a memo encouraging states, tribes, and local governments to look to markets for … More
Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers published their proposed rewrite of the “waters of the United … More
Many federal environmental laws seek to leverage local knowledge by inviting states and local governments to participate in the federal … More
Federal lands have long been a source of political conflict. In the 70s and 80s, the Sage Brush Rebellion challenged … More
Federalism—preserving the states’ independent policymaking role to promote innovation and democratic accountability—is a value embraced by people across the political … More
Proposals for reforming the Endangered Species Act to rely more on state regulation and private incentives are usually met by … More
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.