Terry Anderson

John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Terry L. Anderson has been a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1998 and is currently the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow. He is the past president of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, MT, and a Professor Emeritus at Montana State University where he won many teaching awards during his 25 year career.

Anderson is one of the founders of “free market environmentalism,” the idea of using markets and property rights to solve environmental problems, and in 2015 published the third edition of his co-authored book by that title. He is author or editor of 39 books, including most recently, Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations (2016), exploring the institutional underpinnings of American Indian reservation economies.

In addition to publishing in professional journals, Terry Anderson speaks around the world and is often featured in the popular press, including frequent editorials in the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1972 and has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Basel University, Clemson University, and Cornell, and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

Terry is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fly fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and archery hunting.

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Earth Day 2016: Let's Ditch The Doom And Gloom And Celebrate Our Improving Environment

by Terry Anderson quoting Carson Brunovia Fox News
Friday, April 22, 2016

Predictions of environmental gloom and doom meet us at every turn. At the entry of the Chicago Field Museum, for example, is a digital clock reporting “the number of species that have gone extinct since 8:00 this morning”—31 by 1 p.m. on March 27, 2016. Discussions of climate change almost always include terms such as catastrophic, irreversible, and irreparable. 

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Ending The California Coastal Commission Lolly Scramble

by Terry Andersonvia Eureka
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Coming from the “big sky country” of Montana where beautiful views are common around every bend in the road, I am still impressed by the green hills overlooking Point Reyes, the coastal cliffs plunging into the Pacific at Big Sur, and the vistas at San Simeon once enjoyed by Randolph Hearst.

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How To Create A National Park Without Taxpayers Footing The Bill

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia Bangor Daily News
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Should the federal government create a national park in the North Woods? It’s a question that divides many in Maine. Some fear the effects of more federal control in the state. Others say a new park will bring economic growth to a depressed region.

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How Is A Wolverine Like A Spotted Owl?

by Terry Andersonvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Environmentalists using the Endangered Species Act for political purposes find a new mascot.

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Swipe Right: Seeking Fracturing Policy Alternatives

by Terry Anderson, Carson Brunovia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Requiring hydraulic fracturing operators to tag their fracturing fluids with tracers helps enforce the property rights of others who may be harmed. This, in turn, enables more use of insurance, surety bonding, self-regulation, and third-party verification/certification to reduce and protect against the real but rare risks of fracturing. Property rights hold producers accountable and take advantage of fracturing benefits.

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Getting The Fracts Straight

by Terry Anderson, Carson Brunovia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

All forms of energy production have their risks, but scientific research suggests that hydraulic fracturing’s risks of water use, water contamination, or induced seismic activity from improper fluid disposal are rare, overblown, or easily mitigated. Like other energy productions, we have to weigh the risks and rewards. Estimates suggest fracturing will create almost 4 million jobs and pump almost $500 billion in the U.S.’s economy by 2035.

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Federal Land Management Has Been Disastrous

by Terry Andersonvia The New York Times
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ryan Bundy, one of the leaders of the small group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, said the group's goal is to "restore the rights to people so they can use the land and resources," especially for ranching, logging, mining and recreation.

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How Hunting Saves Animals

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 29, 2015

The story of a ranch in Africa shows that killing animals can actually be a form of conservation. 

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Climate Change And Human Ingenuity

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Yes, temperatures are slowly rising—but we should let the marketplace, not regulators, solve this problem.  

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How Trophy Hunting Can Save Lions

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 6, 2015

The revenues support the agencies that safeguard wildlife from poachers.

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