The United Nations recently declared access to clean drinking water and sanitation a basic human right. The measure, while non-binding, could pave the way for greater governmental control over water, most likely in the form of subsidized water projects, below cost rate structures, and political allocation of water rights. As Bruce Pardy (PERC Julian Simon Fellow) notes in today’s Financial Post, putting our most precious resource under political control may only exacerbate the problem.
A Conservation Approach Where Everyone WinsTate Watkins, Shawn Regan
Environmental conflicts are often zero-sum political battles, but innovative market approaches can bridge ideological divides.
“Cottonwood” Delays Urgently Needed Forest RestorationJonathan Wood
Testimony submitted to the House Natural Resources Committee hearing on forest management.
Restricting Trophy Imports Will Undermine African Elephant ConservationCatherine E. Semcer
A public comment submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in opposition to the proposed revision to the section 4(d) rule for the African elephant.
Arizona Water ReformBryan Leonard, Tate Watkins
The recommendations outlined in this report can improve Arizona's water policy to help the state continue to thrive amid its drier future.
Biden’s Elephant Protection Efforts Are Likely to BackfireCatherine E. Semcer
More laws and more science will not pay rangers’ salaries or fund the management of national parks the way elephant hunting currently does.
Colorado Needs More Prescribed Fire on Private LandsJonathan Wood, Morgan Varner
Colorado has a significant opportunity to build on its early leadership, recognizing the positive role private landowners can play in mitigating the wildfire crisis.