By Mona L. Hymel – If environmental tax policy addresses the development of new energy sources—“environmentally friendly” energy—this Article analyzes the “non‑environmental” tax history of our old energy sources, primarily oil and gas (not “environmentally friendly”). Through a historical analysis of federal tax incentives and subsidies used to build the existing energy industry, the Article demonstrates that the United States must provide significant investment incentives in renewable and alternative energy technology if we hope to achieve a sustainable society.
By Nicole Giffin – In 2007, quagga mussels were discovered in Lake Mead and have since spread throughout the southwestern United States. Because of the serious ecological and economic problems that the mussels create, all Western states have developed inspection and decontamination stations to help stop the spread of these invasive species to new bodies of water. This article discusses the Fourth Amendment and Privacy Act of 1974 issues associated with watercraft tracking and proposes other means of achieving states’ goals.
By Terra H. Bowling – Zebra and quagga mussels entered the United States in the late 1980s and most recently appeared in several Western states. Western states are anxious to stop the spread of these invasive species, which wreak havoc on native ecosystems and water delivery infrastructure. However, variability among state and federal law presents a challenge to stopping the spread of the mussels. This Article examines the issues that arise when laws prohibit only the transport of “live” mussels.
By Nicole Riley – In the last few weeks, many have worried whether Congress would reach a budget agreement by March 1. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders came out of a White House meeting in late February without a resolution to the budget gridlock, referred to in Washington as “The Sequester.” The Sequester, put into effect by executive order on March 1, 2013, will drastically affect natural resources and environmental programs across the country. This Comment discusses the impacts on our environment and the National Park system.