Federal regulations have been a burden on Western states for decades. The continuous growth of the administrative federal government has made the taking of private property through regulation one of the greatest threats to property rights. Laws like the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act place significant limitations on private property owners, and such limitations constitute a “taking” – even though the government doesn’t confiscate any physical property. Rather, a regulatory taking represents a taking of the use and some portion of the value of private property through regulation. Public land regulations imposed by the Bureau of Land Management and National Forest Service deprive Western states of energy development and economic growth.

The Coalition for Self-Government in the West recognizes government’s pivotal role in implementing and enforcing regulations. However, it is our belief that these laws should not be imposed by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., but rather by those who intimately understand the issues we face – our state legislatures.


Are radical environmentalists trying to dupe Sec. Jewell?

On Saturday, thousands gathered at the Bluff Community Center in Southeastern Utah to share their opinion on the proposed Bears Ears National Monument with Sec. Sally Jewell and other visiting federal officials. As local San Juan County residents arrived, they were met by 100-degree temperatures, signs for and against the monument and a large contingency […]


Expensive EPA measures will do little to reduce Southwest haze

Last month the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only partially accepted Utah’s regional plan for reducing haze in the Southwest’s national parks. Deeming the state’s plan insufficient, the EPA plans to impose its own measures aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide emitted from Utah’s coal plants. “We are disappointed with the decision,” said Bryce Bird, director of […]

EPA’s proposed carbon rule hits Utah’s most vulnerable hardest

Carl Graham – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon rule is the latest in a series of regulations that will increase the cost of electricity and natural gas at a time when wages are stagnant and a lot of people are struggling to get by. According to a recently released study, if this new […]

Good Intentions, ESA Won’t Save the Sage Grouse

CSG-W Director Carl Graham and Reason’s Brian Seasholes co-authored an opinion piece for The Hill explaining why states and landowners should be allowed to manage threatened species like the sage grouse.