January 20, 2017
It can be difficult to make one’s living off of the land – or the sea – these days. Federal and state regulations on natural resource dependent industries have driven many a hard-working man and woman out of a job.
The latest chapter in this long story, however, is still being written off the coast of New Hampshire and in its onshore courtrooms:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, requires groundfishermen -- those who catch cod, haddock and other common bottom-dwelling species -- to carry on board “at-sea monitors.” The observers, hired by three for-profit companies, are third-party workers whose task it is to observe fishermen's compliance with federal regulations and ensure annual...
January 12, 2017announcement that has placed the rusty patched bumble bee on the U.S....
December 29, 2016
December 23, 2016
December 21, 2016
Talk about midnight regulations. President Obama yesterday designated “the vast majority of U.S. waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas as indefinitely off limits to offshore oil and gas leasing.” He also prohibited oil and gas operations in 26 underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean. In all, he “protected” (locked up) more than 125 million acres “for a time period without specific expiration.”
November 10, 2016
Trade: The core element of Trump’s rhetoric is that free trade has...
November 2, 2016
The real victim in the controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline is Dakota Access Services, the company behind the $3.7 billion project that would move almost 500,000 barrels of oil daily from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to a refining hub in Illinois. The operators of the pipeline are being jerked around by the government, environmentalists, and the Standing Rock Sioux, all of whom are acting in varying degrees of bad faith.
President Obama Yanked the Rug out from under Dakota Access Partners
The pipeline route is 99% on private land. As such, the federal government’s role is quite limited. In fact, the U.S. government’s jurisdiction extends only to the immediate area where the pipeline crosses navigable waterways.
After jumping through all the appropriate hoops, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitted construction of the...
July 28, 2016new efforts to save...
July 12, 2016ICREI conference in France on environmental issues last week. This year’s conference was about environmental entrepreneurship in particular, and the...
May 25, 2016
Everyone’s for affordable housing—except, it seems, some unions and environmentalists.
On May 18, a coalition of unions and environmental advocacy groups—including the State Building & Construction Trades Council and Natural Resources Defense Council—wrote to lawmakers to voice their opposition to a proposal by Governor Jerry Brown to encourage more building of lower-cost housing by expediting the state’s environmental impact review process.
Brown’s proposal would exempt projects planned on land zoned for high-density development from burdensome review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Note that those projects would already have had to qualify under local zoning ordinances.
Green activists are often hostile to development in general....