Ecology, Liberty & Property

A Free Market Environmental Reader


Ecology, Liberty & Property: A Free Market Environmental Reader

Publication Date: Spring 2000Price: $16.95ISBN #1-889865-02-8

Are free markets and environmental protection compatible?  Is it possible to protect environmental resources without resorting to extensive command-and-control regulation? Ecology, Liberty & Property: A Free Market Environmental Reader answers a resounding yes.  The market institutions of private property, voluntary exchange, common law liability standards, and the rule of law are powerful medicine for environmental ills.  Greater reliance on these institutions can address environmental concerns while preserving individual liberty.  The essays herein, drawn from over fifteen years of CEI’s environmental analysis and policy research, explain the free market approach to environmental concerns in both theory and practice.  The topics covered range from solid waste and wildlife conservation to industrial pollution and biotechnology.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Jonathan H. Adler

I.  A Primer on Free Market Environmentalism

The Market and Nature – Fred L. Smith, Jr.

Markets and the Environment: A Critical Reappraisal – Fred L. Smith, Jr.  

II.  Natural Resources

Poplar Front – Jonathan H. Adler

Real Rangeland Reform – Robert H. Nelson

Escaping the Malthusian Trap – Fred L. Smith, Jr. and Greg Conko

Wasting Away – James V. DeLong

III. Wildlife

Property Rights in Wildlife – Robert J. Smith

Herd Mentality: Banning Ivory Sales Is No Way to Save the Elephant – Urs Kreuter and Randy Simmons

To Save an Endangered Species, Own One – Ike C. Sugg

Fishing for Solutions – Michael DeAlessi

IV.  Pollution Control

Making the Polluter Pay – Jonathan H. Adler

Free Trade Is Green Trade – James M. Sheehan

Superfund – Fred L. Smith, Jr.

Owning the Unownable – Paul Georgia

The Case Against Pollution Taxes – Fred L. Smith, Jr.          

V.  Risk Issues

The Risks of Risk Regulation – Jonathan H. Adler

Privatizing Risk – Fred L. Smith, Jr.

Labeling and Risk: The Case of Bioengineered Foods – Greg Conko

A Risk-Risk Approach to Climate Change – Fred L. Smith, Jr.

Selected FME Bibliography