How Bad Regulations Harm the Environment

Daren Bakst

Harriet Hageman has been involved with issues surrounding the management of our federal lands for much of her life. A native Wyomingite who grew up on a cattle ranch, Harriet has focused her legal practice on water and natural resource issues for almost 25 years. She has first-hand experience regarding the real and immediate impact that poor decision-making has had in terms of the health and viability of our National Forests and those lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

In a recent blog post for the New Civil Liberties Alliance entitled “Bad Regulations Destroy Our Environment,” Harriet describes the regulatory failures that created the perfect “environment” for the catastrophic forest fires that plagued the interior west for much of 2020. It is imperative that we finally come to grips with the fact that these resources must be properly managed, and that overregulation and a one-size-fits-all approach does not work.

Daren Bakst

Director of the Center for Energy and Environment and Senior Fellow

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Energy & Environment

Federalist Society’s Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group

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