Protecting Property Rights, Preserving Federalism and Saving Wetlands

Studies | Environment

No. 291
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
by Daniel R. Simmons, J.D. and H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D.


About the Authors

Daniel R. Simmons is the director of the Natural Resources Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council and an adjunct scholar with the NCPA E-Team. Prior to working for ALEC, he worked for the Mercatus Center and George Mason University where he was a Research Fellow of Mercatus’ Regulatory Studies Program. Prior to that, he served on the Legislative Staff for the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives where he handled endangered species and forestry issues. Simmons has also worked for the Competitive Enterprise Institute specializing in urban sprawl, property rights, and public lands issues. Simmons has a B.A. in Economics from Utah State University and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

H. Sterling Burnett is a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education institute in Dallas, Texas. While he works on a number of issues, he specializes in issues involving environmental and energy policy. He also serves as an adviser to the American Legislative Exchange Council Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Task Force (1996 - Present); a senior fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation (2005 - Present); and a contributing editor to Environment & Climate News (2005 - Present).

Dr. Burnett has been published in Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, The Review of Metaphysics, International Studies in Philosophy, The World and I, USA Today and the Washington Post.

Dr. Burnett received a Ph.D. in Applied Philosophy from Bowling Green State University in 2001.


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