FOCUS ON COMMON VALUES
We need to separate bureaucracy from overarching values. Protecting the environment doesn’t have to mean loving red tape. We should explore ways to replace litigation and punitive enforcement with collaborative problem solving, encourage innovative technologies, and harness market mechanisms like the acid-rain emissions-trading program. By focusing on ways of making regulation more cost-effective and user-friendly for jobs and communities, we make it easier to eventually address more controversial issues like climate change. Common sense and ingenuity will further both America’s economy and its environment.