The Supreme Court’s vague definition of “property” undermines free-market environmentalism.
Is EPA tied to Justice Kennedy’s mushy test for Clean Water Act jurisdiction? No. Federalism, the fact that it is a criminal statute, and Kennedy’s acknowledgment that the statute is hopelessly vague all justify EPA substantially narrowing bureaucrats’ authority.
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.
If red states must accept Congress’ decisions about federal lands, blue states do too.
Would eliminating Chevron deference threaten environmental protection?
Like most people, the internet occasionally drives me crazy. Lately, that’s been due to coverage of the so-called McKittrick Policy—a … More
This weekend, the Daily Caller published a piece that I co-authored with CEI’s Michelle Minton. It begins Against all odds, … More