…the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and similar state laws – legalize environmental harms by regulating how much pollution or destruction of nature can occur under law. Rather than preventing pollution and environmental destruction, our environmental laws instead codify it. In addition, under commonly understood terms of preemption, once these activities are legalized by federal or state governments, local governments are prohibited from banning them.
What is it that keeps us from getting what we want in our communities? Why can’t we say, “No!” to harmful activities?
On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States
From the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) It’s disturbing, but true: Forty years after our major environmental laws were enacted, by most every statistic, the environment continues to worsen. Today, the same laws...
All governments owe their existence to the people of the community that those governments serve, and governments exist to secure and protect the rights of the people and those communities. Any system of government that becomes destructive of those ends is not legitimate, lawful, or constitutional.