by Jay Lehr
July 21, 2014
The United States Environmental Protection Agency can and should be replaced with a Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies, utilizing a phased five-year transition period. Deep-rooted institutional and political incentives have systematically biased the EPA’s decision-making processes, leaving it an unfixable mess controlled by radical liberal activists. Incremental reform is simply not an option. States have a comparative advantage over the national government in responding to environmental problems because of the major role they play in the construction and protection of urban infrastructure, regulation of land use, enforcement of building codes, and certainly not least, natural disaster response. Eighty percent of what is now EPA’s budget could be eliminated, and the remaining 20 percent could be used to run the research labs and administer the Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental agencies.