Environmental Advice for the Candidates From Gale Norton

Secretary of the Interior under George W. Bush and president of Norton Regulatory Strategies

Jun 22, 2012
Outside Magazine
Gale Norton

Gale Norton during a House subcommittee hearing on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.    Photo: Scott J. Ferrell/Getty

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.