Mary Graham

Mary Graham is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Recent Articles

Why States Can Do More

It used to be that leaving states to their own devices meant rampant pollution, as each state relaxed regulation standards to attract business. No longer.

W
hen Congress laid the foundation for today's environmental regulation in the 1970s, it was an article of faith that states inevitably cut corners in conservation and pollution control in order to attract business. Only the federal government, the argument went, had the political clout and national reach to prevent a state "race to the bottom."