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Monday, November 2, 2009

Recommended Articles, Books, and Websites on Environmental Policy


The following resources are excellent for research and background information on Environmental Policy!

Books

  • Ten Principles of Economics by Richard Stroup
    Free copy of chapter one on scarcity of resources.
  • You Have to Admit It’s Getting Better: From Economic Prosperity to Environmental Quality, edited by Terry Anderson.
    All chapters seem to be online.
  • The Improving State of the World by Indur Goklany. (You can read some on Google books here) Subtitle: “Why We’re Living Longer, Healthier, More Comfortable Lives on a Cleaner Planet.” The planet is getting cleaner and safer, and people healthier, because of increasing prosperty. But don’t take my word for it, review the data collected in this book. 450 pages and from Amazon for under $14.
  • The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World (Paperback) by Bjorn Lomborg
    Book is 10 years old but still excellent!
  • In a Dark Wood: The Fight Over Forests and the Myths of Nature by Alson Chase (author of Playing God at Yellowstone). Chase outlines the philosophy of environmentism in a sympathetic yet critical way. Chase’s critique of modern environmentalists views on ecosystems is key. Mainstream environmentalist’s faith in stable ecosystems whose “true nature” is to maintain balance and equilibrium, seems similar to misconceptions in mainstream economic models that offer equilibrium as something desirable (and that governments are called upon to return to via regulation). Market-process economic analysis sees naturalentrepreneurial improvements disrupting economies and forcing adaptation. My sense is that similar “entrepreneurial” or at least opportunistic processes in nature keep ecosystems changing, forcing adaption or exit. – Greg Rehmke

Websites & Articles

Climate Change

Audio

We are frightening children with exaggerations – they believe they don’t have a future and that the world is going to end