Jacob Hornberger

Jacob Hornberger: The Best Stewards of the Environment are Private Owners

The federal government is an expert at destroying things, which it does extremely well. It has destroyed our liberty, our privacy, our money, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Latin America, and much more. Therefore, the notion that the federal government should be charged with protecting the environment is laughable.

It is not a coincidence that the federal government’s construction of the Interstate Highway System, which warped America’s transportation system and artificially encouraged the production of millions of automobiles, its socialist ownership of almost 30 percent of land in the United States, and its vast ownership or control over American waterways are where most of the environmental destruction is rooted.

The best stewards of the environment are private owners, especially because they have the incentive to take care of what they own. All one has to do is compare the condition of privately owned homes to government-owned homes (i.e., public housing), privately owned ranches to public parks, and privately owned waterways to publicly owned waterways to recognize that a private-property order is the best way to protect the environment.

Moreover, the EPA is one of the most tyrannical agencies in U.S. history. It has destroyed the lives, liberties, and lands of all too many Americans.

The Framers of the Constitution provided a means by which Americans could peacefully resolve disputes, including those involving pollution — not regulation but rather the courts, where people can seek injunctions and damages for such things as trespass, nuisance, negligence, and intentional torts.

Among the worst things that Americans could ever do is trade their liberty to the federal government for the pretense of environmental security. If Americans do that, they will inevitably find themselves with both a loss of liberty and a very polluted nation.

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