Environment

Four Steps to Reforming Superfund

Superfund cleanups have been incredibly expensive and inefficient, and the law has been ineffective in protecting both human health and the environment. With reauthorization overdue, now is a good tim…

Superfund: History of Failure

Superfund was scheduled to be reauthorized in 1995, and its authority to level taxes on private companies expired at year's end. If Congress fails to reauthorize the program and the taxes, Superfund w…

Why We're Gaining Wetlands

Over the last few years, a largely unnoticed transformation has taken place. Where once wetlands were being drained and filled, today they are being restored at such a rapid pace that the U.S. is now…

The Endangered Species Act Debate

The political situation has changed since the ESA was first passed. As was true more than 20 years ago, the debate is being driven by a nationwide grassroots movement. However, this time the coalition…

Progressive Environmentalism: Principles for Regulatory Reform

The vast majority of environmentalists believe that appreciation of the natural world needs to be integrated with human progress. But a vocal, prolific and energetic minority of reactionaries who do n…

Should We Worry About Ozone?

A theory held by some scientists is that the depletion of stratospheric ozone is substantial and will grow to alarming levels unless the use of CFCs and some related chemical compounds is eliminated.…

Environmental Racism?

America already has over-politicized environmental issues. It would be inappropriate to divert even more resources to uncertain or nonexistent "problems." However, if the government assumes its proper…

The Next Environmental Battleground: Indoor Air

The proponents of indoor air regulation seek to protect workers' health and safety. However, since there is a relationship between low income and mortality, high regulatory costs may actually increase…