Conservative Environmentalism: Lessons from President Reagan
Monday, February 10, 2014 from 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM (EST)
Twenty-five years after President Reagan left office, conservatives find themselves in an often bitter fight with the left over environmental policy. From green energy to the Keystone pipeline to public land management, the right and the left are frequently at odds over the best approach to secure both wise environmental stewardship and strong economic growth.
The Reagan presidency was often marred by the same type of bickering, yet the administration managed to secure several landmark legislative victories. What principles can be drawn from Reagan's environmental policies? Are there ways to translate these principles to solve today's pressing environmental concerns?
At this half-day conference, two panels will examine these questions. The first will discuss President Reagan's environmental legacy, including the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, the 1986 Water Resources Development Act, and Reagan's public lands designations. It will draw out the president's guiding principles and examine the positive and negative aspects of each policy.
The second panel will discuss free-market solutions to today's issues, including energy research, stormwater runoff, the state of the Coastal Barrier Resources System, and the Gulf Coast in the wake of the BP oil spill. How should federal and state officials think about these problems?
The conference will end with a lunch keynote by environmental policy expert and Reagan historian Steven Hayward.
8:45 - Registration
9:00-9:30 - Breakfast Keynote: Rep. Ken Ivory, Utah House of Representatives
9:40-10:40 - Panel 1: A Conservative Environmental Legacy
Speakers: David Conrad, Consultant, Author and Activist on U.S. Water Resources Policy
Carl Graham, Sutherland Institute
Former Congressman Thomas Evans, R.-Del.
Moderator: Alan Smith, R Street Institute
10:50-11:50 - Panel 2: Free-Market Solutions for Today
Speakers: Alex Tabarrok, George Mason University
Katie Niemi, Fish and Wildlife Services
Evan Branosky, District Department of the Environment
Daniel Rothschild, R Street Institute
Moderator: Lori Sanders, R Street Institute
12:00-1:00 - Lunch Keynote: Steven Hayward, University of Colorado, Boulder