3 edition of Environment 90 found in the catalog.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Statement||Congressional Quarterly, Inc.|
|Publishers||Congressional Quarterly, Inc.|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 72 p. :|
|Number of Pages||42|
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The study is being paid for largely with a federal grant, as part of a Congressional inquiry into the potential effectiveness of peak-period road pricing. It would allow environmentalists to claim a moral high ground of sorts, bewilder Republicans by being more fiscally conservative than most of them, and help educate the public about the environmental destructiveness of the welfare state.
The result: Instead of possibly hundreds of small-scale nature preserves, owned by environmentally-oriented citizens, we have publicly-owned lands used exclusively by a few ranchers for one commodity purpose--at a net loss to the Common School Fund.
As professionals, they take pride in their intimate knowledge of arcane regulations; knowledge is power, and environmental professionals who can recite the Environment 90 history of major laws have increased standing in their field.
As a result, they have become more conservative, and more intolerant, than many of the Congressional Republicans they are so fond of criticizing. While this strategy might be no more successful than any other strategy--given that members of Congress are rarely concerned with philosophical consistency--it would, at least, radically redefine the terms of the debate. Since DSL is under a legal mandate to maximize revenue from those lands, the Environment 90 was proposing that the lands be auctioned off, with revenue placed in the Common School Fund and invested in stocks and bonds, as public employee pension funds are.
The program simply runs itself. Lets take a closer look at these factors. Of course, this would require environmentalists to swallow a strong dose of medicine, since it would mean an end to transit pork, solar energy pork, and a variety of other spending programs that receive favored status Environment 90 among budget-cutting environmentalists. It doesn't matter that, by and large, public land managers have allowed these resources to be severely degraded, often at a loss to the public treasury.
The public land paradigm blinds its supporters to the fatal flaws inherent in the political allocation of resources. The amount of knowledge it would take for regulators to design effective pollution reduction strategies for each source is so vast that even if it could be collected, it would immediately be out of date.
What should environmental leaders do instead? People respond to incentives for all kind of reasons, some predictable, some not. Market-based strategies are far more reliable if designed correctly.
Environmental groups with offices in state capitals, or Washington, D.
The public land paradigm blinds its supporters to the fatal flaws inherent in the political allocation of resources.
They then re-double their efforts to make these programs even bigger and more bureaucratic.