Reagan’s Conservation Legacy – still timely and relevant today
Eli Lehrer has a great piece today in The Blaze on the conservation legacy of President Reagan.
I’m proud of having been one of the first to recognize that States and the
Federal Government have a duty to protect our natural resources from the
damaging effects of pollution that can accompany industrial development.
– Ronald Reagan, July 14, 1984
Although Reagan certainly made his fair share of mistakes on the environment – the left-leaning NYT calling his legacy on the environment a stalemate – the Gipper’s instincts and actions largely helped to advance important conservation efforts through a judicious balance of traditional top-down regulations and market-based approaches. It’s a timely discussion as Congress continues to debate the future of the Farm Bill, with huge implications for conservation across the Nation’s landscape. According to Lehrer