Policy

Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewAugust 19, 2007 By Bill Steigerwald
Greenwire November 4, 2004Alex Kaplun Greenwire reporter
Holly Fretwell
Billings GazetteSeptember 11, 2004 By Holly L. Fretwell
Bruce Yandle
RS-02-1a Update:  2004Bruce Yandle, Madhusudan Bhattarai, and Maya Vijayaraghavan
Jane Shaw
A new series of books for young people offers objective and balanced discussions of controversial issues.
Linda Platts
A new series of books for young people offers objective and balanced discussions of controversial issues.
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J. Bishop Grewell
Agriculture has proven that it can feed the world. Ever-increasing yields and changing demographics have ensured the cultivation of sufficient food; only distribution remains an obstacle.
Andrew Morriss, Bruce Yandle
RS-02-3:  2002By Bruce Yandle, Andrew P. Morriss, and Lea-Rachel Kosnik
Roger Meiners
Read Chapter 9:All Play and No Pay: The Adverse Effects of Welfare Recreation
Jane Shaw
A new series of books for young people offers objective and balanced discussions of controversial issues.
A new series of books for young people offers objective and balanced discussions of controversial issues.
 By Allen K. Fitzsimmons
Roger Sedjo
"The nation finds itself struggling with forest management systems that do not work," says Roger Sedjo, a Senior Fellow with the Washington, D.C.-based research organization Resources for the Future. "The future management of the national forests is unlikely to be smooth, because no political consensus exists."
Roger Meiners, Andrew Morriss
Two PERC researchers, reviewing the history of the banned pesticide DDT, have concluded that violation of private property rights lies at the heart of the conflict over DDT.
Jane Shaw
Jane S. Shaw and Ronald D. Utt, editors Preface by The Honorable Malcolm Wallop
Jane Shaw
By Jane S. Shaw To the Reader
Lone Mountain Coalition  
Jonathan Adler Arlington, Virginia Ryan Amacher, Ph.D. Department of Economics University of Texas, Arlington
Terry Anderson
Terry L. Anderson and Henry I. Miller, M.D. Editors
Holly Fretwell
Fees for Recreation? Yes! Says PERC Researcher. The federal government's program to raise entrance and user fees in national parks and forests is an important step in the right direction, says PERC researcher Holly Lippke Fretwell.
Holly Fretwell
A Summary Private land trusts are proliferating around the nation as ways of preserving environmental values. So why not a federal land trust to manage the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah?
Donald Leal, Holly Fretwell
Parks in Transition:A Look at State ParksRS-97-1  1997By Donald R. Leal and Holly Lippke Fretwell
Peter Hill, Terry Anderson
Terry L. Anderson and Peter J. Hill, Editors
Terry Anderson
Terry L. Anderson, Editor
Robert Nelson
Public Lands and Private Rights:The Failure of Scientific ManagementBy Robert H. Nelson
Peter Hill
Eco-Sanity:A Common-Sense Guide to EnvironmentalismBy Joseph L. Bast, Peter J. Hill and Richard C. Rue
Donald Leal
More Books by PERC Authors and Editors:
Terry Anderson
More Books by PERC Authors and Editors:
Terry Anderson
More Books by PERC Authors and Editors:
Andrew Morriss
By Andrew P. Morriss
A PERC Workshop with scholars presenting papers on on land use conflicts in the West and raising questions about the governing institutions.
Reed Watson
The workshop focuses on using markets as tools for making land management decisions in both the public and private arena. How can federal agencies adopt market based-principles and how can we stimulate new markets for environmental amenities such as open space?
Holly Fretwell
New Forest Service policy calls for more sustainability even for communities and recreation. Trying to make everything sustainable simply makes no sense.
Shawn Regan
When environmental groups buy ranchers' permits, there's no need for the feds to start rustling up trouble.
Roger Meiners
With central planners promising such extraordinary economic returns from regulation, what could possibly go wrong?
Shawn Regan
PERC's new Policy Perspective explains how the government keeps tribes from developing their natural resources.
Shawn Regan
The Farm Bill will make it more difficult for Asian catfish to enter the U.S. market. But critics say it’s a trade barrier in disguise.
Terry Anderson, Reed Watson
Montana's Stream Access Law has led to an erosion of property rights and reduced public benefits flowing from private lands. Isn’t it time to say enough is enough?
Terry Anderson
In an interview on the John Batchelor Show, Terry Anderson explains how hunting in Namibia provides local communities with the right incentives to manage and conserve wildlife.
Charlotte Huus-Henriksen
Dino Falaschetti, PERC's Executive Director, shares a story on the lessons of green energy policy and green growth.
Shawn Regan, Fred Thomas
How opposition to coal exports is impacting one of the poorest communities in Montana — the Crow Indian reservation.
Michael `t Sas-Rolfes
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is about to destroy 6 tons of confiscated ivory. But does the destruction of ivory stockpiles really help the cause?
Jonathan Adler
The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. PERC's Jonathan Adler explains.
Jonathan Adler
There is fairly broad opposition to centralized environmental regulation within the Republican Party today.  Conservative activists in particular focus their ire on the Environmental Protection Agency and federal efforts to maintain or enhance environmental quality.
Matthew Turner
Roads are a bedrock of the modern world, but recent research suggest that the “roads as economic development” policy deserves careful scrutiny.
Shawn Regan
PERC research fellow Shawn Regan provides testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on "Funding the National Park System for the Next Century."
Shawn Regan
In a state known for its golf, Floridians understand the concept of a mulligan. That’s why five years after passing a costly ethanol mandate, Florida lawmakers opted for a do-over.
Jonathan Adler
Major environmental policy reform is long overdue. PERC's Jonathan Adler outlines the foundation of a conservative alternative to the conventional environmental paradigm.
Confronted with social problems, we often call for policy solutions. Problems are not always problems, however. Sometimes they are natural facts, and resistant to human made laws.
Shawn Regan, Charlotte Huus-Henriksen
As PERC’s Rick Stroup often says, “Efficiency has no constituency,” and that’s certainly true of environmental policy. The federal government is replete with inefficiencies resulting from overlapping, redundant, and wasteful spending programs.
Steven F. Hayward
Would the EPA be better run by a bipartisan commission? Reform the agency by politicizing it, says PERC board member Steven Hayward.
Terry Anderson, D. Bruce Johnsen
Facing the "fiscal cliff," perhaps the president and Congress should start thinking in terms of the "foreclosure crisis." All lenders, whether a local home-loan bank or the Chinese government, expect to be repaid either from the borrower's income or, if that is insufficient, from the sale of assets. Where does that leave the U.S. government?
From the World Resources Institutes initiative for Keeping Options Alive to the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, calls for conserving biodiversity are persistent. This goal appears reasonable, at least on its face.
Roger Meiners
Widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement when published 50 years ago, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring had a profound impact on our society. As an iconic work, the book has often been shielded from critical inquiry, but this landmark anniversary provides an excellent opportunity to reassess its legacy and influence.
Outreach associate, David Currie talks with Alan Girard (Chesapeake Bay Foundation) and Joan Mulhern (Earth Justice) on the Marc Steiner Show. Together they consider the legacy of the Clean Water Act on its 40th anniversary.
Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. No doubt, the billions spent on the act have improved overall water quality.
Roger Meiners, Pierre Desrochers, Andrew Morriss
Widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement when published 50 years ago, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring had a profound impact on our society. As an iconic work, the book has often been shielded from critical inquiry, but this landmark anniversary provides an excellent opportunity to reassess its legacy and influence. In Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson a team of national experts explores the book’s historical context, the science it was built on, and the policy consequences of its core ideas. The conclusion makes it abundantly clear that the legacy of Silent Spring is highly problematic. While the book provided some clear benefits, a number of Carson’s major arguments rested on what can only be described as deliberate ignorance. Despite her reputation as a careful writer widely praised for building her arguments on science and facts, Carson’s best-seller contained significant errors and sins of omission. Much of what was presented as certainty then was slanted, and today we know much of it is simply wrong.
Bruce Yandle
PERC Senior Fellow Bruce Yandle orginated the theory of Bootleggers and Baptists in the early 1980s. In essence, two different groups suppor the same, regulations, but benefit from different effects of the regulation. Has anything changed?
Gary Libecap
In the early twentieth century, L.A. purchased water rights by buying up farmland and conveying the water back to L.A. These purchases created a legacy of distrust and suspicion, as people began to view the trades as theft. Gary Libecap takes a second look at the L.A.-Owens Valley transfers.

Features

Jane Shaw
By C. Kenneth Orski and Jane S. Shaw
he vision guiding its actions is poorly understood.
By Randall G. Holcombe  
Juliet Eilperin
The Oglala Sioux aim to reclaim their landscape and culture heritage
Jeff Bennett
The truth revealed: Environmental bluffs miss big picture
Sarah Anderson
Matching the size of government to the size of the problem
H. Spencer Banzhaf
In 1982, some 450 activists were arrested protesting the construction of a hazardous waste facility in Warren County, N.C., a primarily poor, black community.

Web Exclusives

Randy Simmons
On July 31 Milton Friedman would have turned 96. Why should you care? Because the revolutionary Nobel prize winning economist did more than any other person of his generation to advance his belief in freedom, free markets, and prosperity.

Columns

Daniel Benjamin
Urban sprawl did not increase as fast as expected between 1976 and 1992 -- in fact, it did not increase at all.
Daniel Benjamin
Benjamin. Daniel K. Benjamin reports that economists have come up with persuasive evidence that free trade reduces pollution.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin EPA cleanups of superfund sites cost an average of $12 billion for every cancer case prevented.
Reed Watson
Preserving Property Rights in Iowa

Perspectives

Matt Ridley
The “hockey stick” temperature graph is a mainstay of global warming science. A new book tells of one man’s efforts to dismantle it—and deserves to win prizes.
Edward Glaeser
Political movements are often built on literary foundations. Books, fiction or not, have the power to convince us impressionable readers that we face dire threats, such as unclean meat or pesticides.