An Environmental Policy Primer for the Next President

America’s environment has dramatically improved in the four decades since adoption of the nation’s foundational environmental statutes. It is also true that there could have been even greater improvement at far less cost—economic and social—had lawmakers forgone centralized government control in favor of the transformative powers of market incentives and private property rights. But it is not too late for change. This Heritage Foundation primer presents principles of responsible stewardship that would enhance the environment and economic growth, and preserve Americans’ freedoms.

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