Environmental Challenges & Free-Market Solutions
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"There's no need to choose between enriching the environment and enriching people. Enrich BOTH."
"Earthcare is too important to be used as just another excuse for control freaks to impose authoritarianism."
Now, If we treated global warming as a technical problem instead of a moral outrage, we could cool the world.
Now! Back in Print: THE great Free Market Environmentalism by Terry Anderson & Donald Leal
See "Rewarding Private Conservation"HERE.
Do you know  PrivateConservation.orgThe Center for Free Market Environmentalism ?

NewEnvironmentalism.org ?
A Tale of Two Countries    
Yes, There Really IS Urban Warming
Markets are proving key to saving endangered species
How market forces help foster environmental progress
What's your Environmental I.Q.?  Take the quick test HERE

Find Some Recent Opinion, Commentary and Book Reviews on the economics of waste HERE,
on  How Non-Green Cities Are Rebuilding the American Forests HERE, and on Private Conservation HERE.
How political stability and, especially, Property Rights are important to saving the elephants HERE
One program serves as a concentrated example of all that's wrong with federal environmental policy HERE
And THIS state program serves as a concentrated example of  political environmental policy. 

Some of the Latest Free-Market Environmentalism News and Comments
"Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death." -- Ayn Rand
Reference 1: "Persuasion vs. Force"    Ref. 2: Federal Judge's Desk Reference to Environmental Economics
Reference 3: "The right to property is not the right to damage, or pollute, the property of others."
Reference 4: Merging Economic and Environmental Concerns Through "Ecopreneurship"
Reference 5: Feeling awe over nature's beauty doesn't mean you have to get mystical.
Reference 6:CEI's links to publications on environmental education
Ref. 7: Environmental Myths and Education Directory
Reference 8: The Critical Resource Resource
.Reference 9: Land Trusts: private solutions
Ref. 10:"Enviro-Capitalists"
Ref. 11: Earth Report 2000
Ref. 12:  BOOKS!
"Environmental decisions have been based more on feelings than on facts... Environmental legislation created over the last twenty years has typically forbidden any analysis of cost or has demonstrated no concern for it."-- Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) [Senate Clean Air Act debate, October 27, 1990.] ...and, as far as the Clean Water Act is concerned, "The truth is the EPA hasn't got a clue."
Former "deep green" Bjorn Lomborg actually does some research 
and finds LOTS of things wrong with environmental dogma HERE.
In memoriumDR. JULIAN L. SIMON, author of The Ultimate Resource and U. R. 2

"Being a politician means never having to say you're sorry.  You don't have to say, 'I never should have voted to subsidize that ridiculous Enron project in India.'  ... After all, they're greedy businessmen and you're a selfless public servant." -- Harry Browne
"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions  in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell
"Enron, of course, is exactly the kind of corporation which could not exist in pure capitalism or under the U.S. Constitution applied with only literal meanings of the commerce and welfare clauses.  As a creature, in effect, of politicians and lawyers, the same kinds of politicians and lawyers who sold the bastardized meanings of the commerce and welfare clauses to a gullible public, it was deliberately converted from a small pipeline company into an international conglomerate by conniving scoundrels who designed it from the beginning to use the power of their favor-selling politician friends to give it government contracts, subsidies, monopoly powers, and favorable regulations to force prospective customers to do business with them, essentially at gunpoint.  Obviously, this is  is fascism, not capitalism, and what you get more and more of when you work to transform what was once the rule of clear-cut law into the rule of men (especially corrupt, nuance-inventing judges and lawyers).  Remember, fraud was illegal, as it always should have been, long before the first regulation was passed." -- Rick Gaber
"With the recent release of the soon-to-be-infamous 'Enron Trader Tapes,' media pundits are once again propagating the myth that big business is evil and must be reined in by (still more) government regulation.  A closer look at the facts should make it clear that the gouging of California energy customers and taxpayers was orchestrated by government, for government, and that shenanigans like those discussed on the Enron Tapes are impossible in a free market." -- Ace Baker, HERE
I always wonder how incredibly historically illiterate the fourth estate is when they don't remember that EVERY single type of powerful government, whether it was a monarchy or a fascist or communist dictatorship, or all-pervasive welfare state, saw corrupt politicians give abusive, government-protected monopolies to their incompetent, unscrupulous friends.

"Clinton realized that America could not economically afford the Protocol Gore negotiated. The Clinton-Gore Energy Department found Kyoto would lead to $400 billion a year in lost output. ... Gore tries to throw Enron on the back of the current administration. But it was Enron Board Chairman Kenneth Lay who sold Clinton-Gore on Kyoto's cap and trade system. Gore, Clinton, and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin met with Lay on Aug. 7, 1997 to go over goals and procedures for the Kyoto session. ... The corporate smoking memo here was not that from an ExxonMobil adviser to oppose Dr. Watson, but the Enron internal memo saying Kyoto 'would do more to promote Enron's business than almost any other regulatory initiative'." -- Ken Adelman, HERE.
Of related interest: ....

Defusing the Population Bomb
Books on environmental policy

Green Bigots vs. Human Beings

More Books on the Environment

Cato's Natural Resource Studies

Enviro-Links at Quackgrass Press


..Experts, Consultants and Speakers on Free-Market Environmentalism and Conservation

Junk Science and Technophobia Links


If it were true that a heavy concentration of industry is destructive to human life, one would find life expectancy declining in the more advanced countries. But it has been rising steadily. Here are the figures on life expectancy in the United States: 

1900 - 47.3 years 
1920 - 53 years 
1940 - 60 years 
1968 - 70.2 years (the latest figures compiled [as of January 1971]) 

"Anyone over 30 years of age today, give a silent 'Thank you' to the nearest, grimiest, sootiest smokestacks you can find." -- Ayn Rand, "The Anti-Industrial Revolution," an essay included in the book, Return of the Primitive: the Anti-Industrial Revolution

  Check out the surprising results of some eye-opening book polls HERE.


"I wish that some way could be found to add up all the staggering costs imposed on millions of ordinary people, just so a relative handful of self-righteous environmental cultists can go around feeling puffed up with themselves." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

Updated 2003 Aug. 12  or later

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