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The magazine of Free Market environmentalism

Volume 18, No.3, Fall 2000

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Wanted: Goat Herders

The fires that scorched millions of acres across the West this summer have left many people wondering how to prevent further devastation in summers to come. Logging, thinning, herbicides, and prescribed burns are all possibilities; however, the discussions involving these methods are often as heated as the fires themselves. Cooler heads prevail when the talkContinue reading "Wanted: Goat Herders"

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Clearing The Air

In recent years a spirited debate has been conducted in law journals over the reasons why the national government took over environmental regulation in the 1970s. The general issue is whether or not state governments were embarked on a ‘race to the bottom,’ deliberately sacrificing environmental quality, especially air quality, to snare more businesses andContinue reading "Wanted: Goat Herders"

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Homesteading The Oceans

Nearly twenty-five years have elapsed since the United States government extended federal control over ocean fishing from 12 miles to 200 miles from its shores, primarily to eliminate foreign fishing pressure on declining fish stocks. Unfortunately, federal control has not eliminated overfishing. A 1999 report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National MarineContinue reading "Wanted: Goat Herders"

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Excessive Claims For the Market

Free market environmentalists have improved the quality of environmental debate in several respects. Economic growth and environmental degradation are no longer equated. Economists such as Julian Simon have falsified the apocalyptic extrapolations of neo- Malthusians. In some cases, free market theory has also persuasively criticized overregulation and its unintended consequences. Despite these contributions, free marketContinue reading "Wanted: Goat Herders"

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Two For One

Georgia catfish farmers are homing in on a new cash crop that will allow them to operate two businesses for the price of one, almost. It will also help them meet Georgia clean water standards for discharges from their fish tanks. Catfish thrive on pellet food that is rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, and protein. InContinue reading "Wanted: Goat Herders"

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Monkey Business

The chattering, white-faced Mono Ti Ti monkey is rapidly disappearing from its jungle habitat along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Development, farming, and tourism have destroyed large chunks of its already circumscribed habitat, and the population has fallen from 5,000 to less than 1,000 during the past 30 years. Stepping up to the challenge, a well-knownContinue reading "Wanted: Goat Herders"

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Bye Bye Blacktop

The demand for parking spaces could not keep pace with supply at fast-growing Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. School administrators were faced with paving over more lawns and in the process taking out 25 to 30 mature shade trees. An alternative presented itself in the form of an earth-toned gravel parking lot called Gravelpave2,Continue reading "Wanted: Goat Herders"

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Farming Our Parks

Federal land management agencies are increasingly receptive to innovative partnerships that can help share the burden of managing millions of acres of public land. In the case of Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, farmers are being sought to run about 35 small family farms. The legislation that created the 33,000-acre national park 25 yearsContinue reading "Wanted: Goat Herders"

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