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Constitutional Considerations: State vs. Federal Environmental Policy Implementation

September 11, 2014

Overlapping and contradictory state and federal rules do not lead to efficient or effective environmental protection. Environmental policy was unjustifiably wrested from the states.

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Overlapping and contradictory state and federal rules do not lead to efficient or effective environmental protection. Environmental policy was unjustifiably wrested from the states. Environmental outcomes could be improved if states regained more of their historic role.

Constitutional constraints on federal power in environmental policy are nothing to fear. Indeed, environmental protection could be improved if the federal government was limited to areas where it has something unique to add.

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Professor Adler is the author or editor of four books on environmental policy and over a dozen book chapters. He is a Policy Advisor to The Heartland Institute.
jha5@case.edu @jadler1969