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Author: Jonathan Wood

September 15, 2020

Solving the wildfire crisis requires free-market solutions

***Editors note: This article originally appeared in 2018, but because of the massive wildfires currently raging in California, we are republishing to (again) show the free-market solutions that can help reduce natural disasters like this. Originally published by The Hill, November 26, 2018. The devastating fires burning in California are a vivid r ...

April 20, 2020

Supreme Court decision in Atlantic Richfield Co. case leaves open questions

In Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian, landowners seek to enforce their property rights against a neighboring polluter that has contaminated their properties with toxic metals, arsenic, and lead. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case to resolve whether the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (commonly ...

February 06, 2020

The Hill: Speeding up environmental reviews is good for the economy and the environment

In 2011, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum urging federal agencies to "take steps to expedite permitting and review," including "setting clear schedules for completing steps in the environmental review and permitting process." Such bureaucratic delays, Obama explained, interfered with the "engine of job creation and economic growth." ...

December 06, 2019

The Hill: In pollution case, the Supreme Court should side with property rights

At 585 feet, the Anaconda Smelter Stack looms large over rural western Montana. The Washington Monument-sized pillar stands as a reminder of the state's mining history and, to neighboring landowners, of the tons of toxic pollutants dumped on them and their properties for decades. The smokestack is the center of a Supreme Court case heard ...

November 22, 2019

Polluters and the EPA are trying to block property owners from suing polluters

Every day for nearly 100 years, a copper smelter in Montana spewed tons of toxic metals, arsenic, and lead from its smokestacks onto its neighbors. Those neighbors are suing Atlantic Richfield, the company that now owns the smelter, demanding that it restore their land to its original, healthy condition. But Atlantic Richfield, with the support ...

November 15, 2019

The Guardian criticizes Endangered Species Act reform that will help recover more endangered species

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is intended to protect and recover rare species. Yet instead of achieving these goals, the ESA has counterproductively imposed burdensome and costly regulations on landowners who preserved those species' habitat. For decades, PLF has pushed to correct this basic flaw in the law, recognizing that an Endangered Specie ...

October 15, 2019

The Hill: When agencies regulate in secret, none of us is safe

Imagine what it must feel like to have a government agent show up at your door, accuse you of violating some rule you've never heard of, and threaten you with massive fines and imprisonment if you don't do what he says. Wyoming's Andy Johnson doesn't have to imagine; he lived it. His alleged offense: he ...

October 09, 2019

Our fight with EPA: Andy Johnson’s story in his own words

Today, the president is signing an executive order designed to bring more accountability to federal agencies. This executive order comes partly as a result of PLF research and cases battling bureaucratic overreach. PLF client Andy Johnson will be at the signing ceremony. Below is an article from 2016 that Andy wrote describing, in his own ...

August 19, 2019

The Hill: Interior has revised endangered species rules — what happens now?

The Endangered Species Act is one of the nation's most popular environmental laws. Any potential change to it generates public concern — and understandably so. The federal government recently announced new rules to implement the law. But many are wondering: How will these changes affect species conservation? We should evaluate the rules by asking ...

August 18, 2019

The Salt Lake Tribune: Endangered Species Act reforms improve Incentives for landowners to recover species

This week, the departments of the Interior and Commerce issued significant reforms to their implementation of the Endangered Species Act. Although any change concerning this popular law generates understandable concern, many of these changes will benefit on-the-ground conservation by reducing conflict between regulators, property owners, and conser ...

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