If Congress can only protect its choices by broadly preempting states laws, it will. And, in the long run, states will have less room to protect the environment than they would if courts continued to enforce the balance. That would be a significant blow to both federalism and the environment.
Tag: Rinehart v. California
Limits on states’ influence over federal lands cut both ways
If red states must accept Congress’ decisions about federal lands, blue states do too.
States cannot veto Congress’ decisions to put federal lands to productive uses
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.