The political terrain on which the environmental debate is
conducted today is defined almost entirely by the central premises
of the environmental left. The green lobby maintains that
ecological resources are by definition public property, or commons,
that must be centrally planned and stewarded by bureaucratic agents
lest they be recklessly despoiled by industry. But the biggest and
worst polluter in America is the federal government, which
subsidizes a host of activities that arguably cause more
environmental damage than all the actors in the ”unfettered” free
It makes no sense for the federal government to subsidize
environmental destruction on one hand while establishing laws,
regulations, and vast bureaucracies to mitigate it on the other.
Reconsidering those subsidies would help not only the environment
but the economy as well.