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Research On Capitol Hill 2014

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Faculty Mentor

Randy Simmons


Environmental legislation is commonly accepted as an altruistic approach to land management. A closer examination however, reveals that political incentives and flawed arguments consistently shape U.S. environmental policy at high public costs. As student fellows at the Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University, we have had the opportunity to research this subject under the direction of Professor Randy Simmons. Political Ecology is his upcoming book that explores a variety of environmental policies, the incentives that created them, and their effects on both public lands and taxpayers. Our research contributions to this overall project specifically explore three separate case studies: the Federal Land Management Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Altogether, it is our hope that the analysis and case studies presented will provide policy makers and the general public with needed information in regards to current and future U.S. environmental policy.