On July 20th, federal agents invaded the National Butterfly Center’s property, unannounced and without permission, and began to rip through … More
Conservation easements are an increasingly important tool for protecting the environment. Roughly 24 million acres in the United States are … More
Last year, the National Park Service’s centennial, saw a record number of people visiting national parks in the U.S. The … More
Rhinos have been hunted to the verge of extinction because of their valuable horns. Most governments have responded, as they … More
Designating uninhabitable private land as “critical habitat” discourages private conservation with no compensating benefit for species.
The sharing economy holds tremendous environmental potential by making it easier for people to make more with less.
Concerns about the sustainability of Maine rockweed have an easy solution: property rights. If landowners also own these plants, they will be able to express their environmental values by conserving it and have an incentive to prevent overharvesting.
The Supreme Court’s vague definition of “property” undermines free-market environmentalism.
The environment’s greatest friend is technological innovation. Human ingenuity–what Julian Simon called “the ultimate resource”–has consistently enabled us to make more with less. Yet environmental laws too often throw up roadblocks to that progress, favoring the dirty status quo over a cleaner future.
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.