Monday, September 21, 2015

Hudson on Conservative Environmental Law

HudsonBlake Hudson (LSU) has posted Relative Administrability, Conservatives, and Environmental Regulatory Reform (Florida Law Review) on SSRN.  Here's the abstract:

Both critics and supporters of federal environmental law have called for its reform. Conservative scholars and policy-makers in particular have called for reform due to the size, scope, and cost of the federal environmental bureaucracy. To date, however, conservatives have offered no meaningful, realistic alternative environmental protection policies. This article argues that greater use of geographic delineation policies at the state and local level offer an important opportunity to reduce the size, scope, and cost of the federal environmental bureaucracy while at the same time achieving the environmental gains sought by the staunchest supporters of federal environmental law. To date, conservative scholars and policy-makers have not been supportive of these long-available policies, rendering them largely unutilized — contributing to the growth of federal environmental intervention. This article argues that geographic delineation policies implemented at the state and local level are actually consistent with a number of the most valued principles of conservatism, primarily due to their high relative administrability when compared to federal statutes. That is, the administration of these policies achieves the most environmental gain at the lowest cost, and geographic delineations implemented through state and local land use planning offer the best hope for conservatives who would see the nation’s system of environmental laws reformed.

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