Terry Anderson

John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow

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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Green Allies

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 19, 2015

What would bring conservationists and conservatives together? Environmental solutions that really work.

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Analysis and Commentary

How Much Access To Back Country Is Enough?

by Terry Andersonvia The Montana Standard
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Recent debates in both houses of Congress over whether to continue fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, for example, emphasized the call for more access. The LWCF has been a major source for financing trails and purchasing more public land.

Analysis and Commentary

Humans Have Plenty Of Time To Adapt To Global Warming — If Government Stays Out Of The Way

by Terry Andersonvia National Review
Thursday, May 28, 2015

In a speech last week at the Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony, President Obama reiterated the assertion that “climate change is real.” He then leapt to the conclusion that “climate change will mean more extreme storms,” before predicting that we would see a “rise in climate-change refugees” caused by droughts, hurricanes, and water shortages.


Analysis and Commentary

How Taxing Organic Products Could Solve California’s Water Shortage

by Terry Anderson, Henry I. Millervia National Review
Monday, May 18, 2015

California is in the fourth year of record-setting dearth of rain, with virtually the entire state experiencing “exceptional drought.” In response, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25 percent reduction in the state’s water use. Nowhere to be found are increases in water prices to induce conservation.

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Free Market Environmentalism For The Next Generation

by Terry Andersonvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation provides an optimistic way of thinking about how to link dynamic environments to dynamic economies.

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Analysis and Commentary

How Republicans Can Win Environmentally-Friendly Millennials

by Terry Andersonvia Daily Caller (DC)
Friday, March 13, 2015

If the Republican Party wishes to take the White House in 2016, it will not just need to win the minds of Gen X and Gen Y.

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Free Market Environmentalism

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Green entrepreneurs are a win for our economy and our environment. 

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The Fires Next Time

by Terry Anderson, Daniel Botkinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drought, heat, bigger fires: forest management has to keep up.

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When Environmental Policy Backfires

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The better way to save endangered species is by relying on private actors and property rights rather than the federal government.