Laura E. Huggins

Biography: 

Laura E. Huggins was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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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A Doom Deferred

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 23, 2012

The “population bomb” was a dud. Why won’t the prophets of environmental gloom just go away? By Laura E. Huggins.

Just Say No to Embalming

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, January 20, 2012

In this two minute video the Insitute for Justice points out the injustice of the Government making entrepreneurs “do useless things for no reason?”

Urbanization for Population and the Planet

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, December 31, 2011

National Geographic recently launched its “Seven Billion Special Series“–a year-long series on global population.

What To Do With That Christmas Tree?

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Once the holidays are over and the glitter and glam is stripped from the fir, chances are the Christmas tree ends up in the trash. Perhaps the trees could be useful even after they lose their glow. Why not turn them into woody biomass for energy?

Analysis and Commentary

Halloween fright, population fear are both fantasy

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Washington Times
Friday, October 28, 2011

Scary headlines about 7 billion mark ignore unbroken march of prosperity...

Halloween fright, population fear are both fantasy

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, October 28, 2011

Prepare for a frightening Halloween - not from ghosts, ghouls and goblins at your doorstep - but because on Oct. 31, the world’s population is expected to reach 7 billion people.

Analysis and Commentary

Care for a Coke with that tree?

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, August 29, 2011

Rather than simply shutting down 70 state parks, the [California State Parks Department] is considering more corporate logos in the parks as well as limited private management agreements...

Care for a Coke with that tree?

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, August 29, 2011

It was refreshing to read the following about state parks in the Los Angeles Times:

Overpopulation: Don’t buy ‘more people, more problems’

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mary Ellen Harte and Anne Ehrlich write,"Unsustainable population levels are depleting resources and denying a decent future to our descendants. We must stop the denial."

Analysis and Commentary

Overpopulation: Don't buy 'more people, more problems'

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Los Angeles Times
Friday, July 22, 2011

For more than 40 years, climaxing around the first Earth Day, the public has been bombarded with apocalyptic tales of disaster regarding population growth...Four decades later, the world hasn't come to an end...

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