Laura E. Huggins

Research Fellow
Biography: 

Laura E. Huggins is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of outreach at PERC—the Property and Environment Research Center—a think tank that focuses on market solutions to environmental problems.

Huggins specializes in free market environmentalism, property rights, and population policy. She is primarily interested in the role of economic processes in shaping natural resource policy and in promoting market principles to a wide audience to help resolve environmental dilemmas.

Huggins is the author, along with Hoover Institution senior fellow Terry Anderson, of Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity (2003) and Greener Than Thou: Are You Really an Environmentalist? (2008). She also edited Accounting for Mother Nature (2008), Population Puzzle: Boom or Bust? (2004), and Drug War Deadlock: The Policy Battle Continues (2005). She is currently focusing on a forthcoming monograph tentatively titled Environmental Entrepreneurship in the Developing World.

Huggins’s articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Times; her published papers include "A Property Rights Path to Sustainable Development," which appeared in The Legacy of Milton and Rose Friedman's Free to Choose: Economic Liberalism at the Turn of the 21st Century.

Huggins holds an MS degree in public policy from Utah State University.

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Global Image
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Endangered Species Act: On 40th Anniversary, Time to Rethink How We Protect Wildlife

by Laura E. Huggins, David Currievia San Jose Mercury News
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Many organizations are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. One group of equity investors that will not be honoring the occasion is Google, NRG Solar and BrightSource. This trio has spent millions to keep a large solar thermal power plant from going dark before ever lighting a single home -- and all because of a tortoise listed as threatened under the species act.

Green Energy
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“Green” Wrapping Expensive Environmental Policies

by Laura E. Hugginsvia townhall.com
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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. Who would argue against a wider variety of plants and animals increasing our chances for a life-saving drug in the future? It has, after all, happened before.

Sheep

Sheep May Safely Graze

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

How business and environmentalists worked together to protect Patagonian grasslands. By Laura E. Huggins.

water
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One step forward, two steps back on World Oceans Day

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Daily Caller (DC)
Friday, June 8, 2012

In case you didn’t know, today is World Oceans Day as declared by the United Nations in 2009. It is puzzling, then, that just in time for today’s event, a majority of House Republicans (with the help of Democrat Barney Frank) passed legislation that opposes property rights, market-based reforms, and ocean fisheries protection all in one fell swoop...

Rolling hills in the country
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‘Silent Spring’ turns 50, and birds are still singing

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Washington Times
Friday, April 20, 2012

Rachel Carson’s tome that led to Earth Day gave rise to destructive environmentalism...

Trading Sheep for Grass and Fish in Patagonia

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The big brown trout I was fishing for yesterday on the Limay River in Patagonia was nowhere to be found but I did manage to come across an old hang out of Butch Cassidy.

Blogs

Trading Sheep for Grass and Fish in Patagonia

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Percolator (PERC)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Time will tell if the environmental protection purchased by conservationists from sheep ranchers will protect grasslands and associated waterways in the future, but signs look promising...

Trade a Tortoise

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two years ago in PERC Reports Todd Gartner wrote, “I am helping the American Forest Foundation develop a market-based habitat credit trading system in portions of Georgia and Alabama.

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Hunting Endangered Species

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The scimitar horned oryx...the addax...the dama gazelle...as some Texas ranches are proving, helping to bring back large numbers of these endangered species can be a profitable pastime...

Hunting Endangered Species

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The scimitar horned oryx . . . the addax . . . the dama gazelle – endangered animals one would expect to encounter in Africa. Yet, as some Texas ranches are proving, helping to bring back large numbers of these endangered species can be a profitable pastime.

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