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CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY The Federal Land Freedom Act: Empowering States to Regulate Energy

November 15, 2016

Testimony shows allowing states to regulate energy on public lands will yield better economic and environmental results.

The Federal Land Freedom Act would give states the authority to administer leasing, permitting, and regulatory programs for development of all energy resources on federal lands. This law would take advantage of the states demonstrated competence in managing natural resources within their borders. The sheer size and diversity of the federal estate and its resources are too much for distant federal bureaucracies in Washington, D.C. to understand, and an overextended federal budget to manage effectively. Allowing states to regulate the energy resources on federal lands would lead to more efficient and accountable management. States already share the cost of the managing federal lands and their regulatory agencies have demonstrated their ability to manage federal lands within their borders.

Author
Nicolas (Nick) Loris, an economist, focuses on energy, environmental and regulatory issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow at The Heritage Foundation as well as a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
nick.loris@heritage.org @@NiconomistLoris