We need monumental creativity to resolve Antiquities Act conflicts, which is threatened by both sides digging in.
The Supreme Court’s vague definition of “property” undermines free-market environmentalism.
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.
Ocean monuments violate the Antiquities Act. But, more fundamentally, the monument process is antithetical to liberty.
If red states must accept Congress’ decisions about federal lands, blue states do too.
If Republican states have to accept Congress’ decisions to restrict the use of federal lands, Democratic states have to accept decisions to encourage productive use of these lands.
Congress and the Trump administration should pursue federalism and libertarian environmentalist reforms, rather than legislating against the environment.