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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Recent Commentary

Railroading the Environment

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Block the construction of pipelines and more oil gets shipped by train. That will make spills and accidents more likely, not less.

Analysis and Commentary

When the Endangered Species Act Threatens Wildlife

by Terry Andersonvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 20, 2014

Heavy-handed enforcement of the law has discouraged private conservation efforts.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Ducks Quack for Obama: The boom in gun sales has created a revenue gusher for wildlife restoration

by Terry Andersonvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gun owners may view President Obama as public enemy No. 1, but wildlife have reason to cheer. Thanks to gun control policies supported by the president and leading Democrats, gun and ammunition sales have skyrocketed and so have excise tax revenues. Those revenues are earmarked for wildlife restoration.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Hot Air on Climate Change by Terry Anderson
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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.

Green Energy
Analysis and Commentary

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."

Democrat's Donkey

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.

Rolling hills in the country
Analysis and Commentary

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.

Freight Train
Analysis and Commentary

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.