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The Use and Abuse of Property Rights in Saving the Environment

James S. Burling

Pacific Legal Foundation

September 29, 2012

1 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal 373, 2012

While freedom and property may be inseparable, the temptation to sacrifice one or the other to seemingly more critical societal goals is ever present. In the past century, the environmental-related limitations on property have progressed from zoning to advance the social welfare, to utilitarian conservation to preserve the human environment, and more lately to the preservation of the environment for its own sake. With each step, property rights have been impacted further. From the imposition of zoning, to regulatory restrictions on the use of property, and to the mechanism of conservation easements, the control of property by the owners of property has diminished. If freedom and property are truly interrelated, there may be troubling implications on the future of freedom.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: property rights, environmental regulation, conservation easements, zoning

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Date posted: October 30, 2012  

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Burling, James S., The Use and Abuse of Property Rights in Saving the Environment (September 29, 2012). 1 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal 373, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2168497

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