Terry Anderson

John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow

Terry Anderson is the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the executive director of PERC (the Property and Environment Research Center), a think tank in Bozeman, Montana, that focuses on market solutions to environmental problems. His research helped launch the idea of free-market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of government in managing natural resources. He was the cochair of Hoover's Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force.

Anderson is the author or editor of thirty-seven books. Among these, Free Market Environmentalism, coauthored with Donald Leal, received the 1992 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. A revised edition was published in 2001.

His most recent publication is Tapping Water Markets (RFF Press, 2012). Other books include Greener Than Thou: Are You Really an Environmentalist? (Hoover Institution Press, 2008) and Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity (Hoover Institution Press, 2003), both coauthored with Laura Huggins. His book, with Peter J. Hill, The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier (Stanford University Press), was awarded the 2005 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. Anderson’s research, which has also focused on Native American economies, recently resulted in a coedited volume, Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans (Stanford University Press, 2006). He has published widely in both professional journals and the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and Fly Fisherman.

In March 2011, Anderson received the Liberalni Institute Annual Award in Prague in the Czech Republic for his "Contribution to the Proliferation of Liberal Thinking, and Making Ideas of Liberty, Private Property, Competition, and the Rule of Law Come True.” Previous recipients include Nobel laureates Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, and Vernon Smith.

Anderson received his BS degree from the University of Montana in 1968 and his PhD degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1972, after which he began his teaching career at Montana State University, where he won several teaching awards.

Anderson is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and archery hunting, especially in Africa.

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Fighting Western Fires With Economics

by Terry Anderson, Daniel Botkinvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, June 19, 2014

The early onset of wildfires in the drought-stricken West has state and federal fire officials concerned that this could be a record wildfire season. Wildfires near San Diego, Calif., and Flagstaff, Ariz., have already burned thousands of acres.

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Hot Air on Climate Change

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Unlike bureaucrats in Washington, entrepreneurs aren’t just talking about the weather, they are doing something about it.

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Adaptation Key to Dealing With Climate Change

by Terry Andersonvia USA Today
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In his weekly radio address, President Obama continued his war on climate change and prepared for the battle in Congress for regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gases by as much as 25% over 15 years. "As president, and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that's beyond fixing."

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Terry Anderson on The John Batchelor Show

by Terry Andersonvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hoover senior fellow Terry Anderson's interview on the John Batchelor Show begins at 19:08.

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Property Rights Save the Environment

by Terry Anderson, Carson Brunovia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

When it comes to hydraulic fracturing, market-based solutions are much more efficient and effective than top-down government regulations.

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The Bundy Lesson: Be Careful What You Ask For

by Terry Andersonvia Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT)
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Until Cliven Bundy shot himself in the foot with his racist diatribe, he was helping to rekindle the Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1970s. Mr. Bundy grazed his cattle on Bureau of Land Management land in Nevada and refused to pay over $1 million in grazing fees and fines because he claims the federal government has no right to the land.

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Stopping Keystone Ensures More Railroad Tank-Car Spills

by Terry Andersonvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Keystone XL Pipeline got another nail in its coffin Monday, in the form of a Senate energy vote that excluded the pipeline issue.

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Special: Anderson and Hanson on the John Batchelor Show

by Terry Anderson, Victor Davis Hansonvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

In conjunction with a special live taping of the John Batchelor Show at the Hoover Spring Retreat, John Batchelor and Marry Kissel of the Wall Street Journal host Hoover senior fellows Terry Anderson and Victor Davis Hanson. First, Anderson discusses energy policies in the US; second, Hanson discusses US foreign policy.

Climate Change

Adapt, Adapt, Adapt: Market Responses to Climate Change

by Terry Andersonvia Fellow Talks
Monday, May 5, 2014

Terry Anderson, the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses market approaches to environmental problems in his talk entitled “Adapt, Adapt, Adapt: Market Responses to Climate Change.” 

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Time To Consider Privatization of Federal Lands

by Terry Andersonvia The Montana Standard
Wednesday, April 30, 2014