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

Just The Fracts

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.

Just The Fracts

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.


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.  

Analysis and Commentary

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.

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.