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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.

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Office Hours: Terry Anderson On Free Market Environmentalism

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Anderson responds to your questions on free market environmentalism.

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Reasonable Disagreements: Mend It Or End It? - The Environmental Regulations Of Infrastructure

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Debating environmental regulation of infrastructure projects.

Analysis and Commentary

Genetic Engineering Applied To Agriculture Has A Long Row To Hoe

by Henry I. Millervia GM Crops & Food
Thursday, October 12, 2017

In spite of the lack of scientific justification for skepticism about crops modified with molecular techniques of genetic engineering, they have been the most scrutinized agricultural products in human history.

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EPA, The Nature Of Regulation, And Democracy

by John H. Cochrane featuring Richard A. Epsteinvia Grumpy Economist
Saturday, April 28, 2018

My Hoover colleague Richard Epstein posted a revealing essay on the nature of environmental regulation last week, with environmental regulation as a particular example. The contrast with "Environmental Laws Under Siege: Here is why we have them" in New York Times and the New Yorker's Scott Pruitt's Dirty Politics is instructive.

Analysis and Commentary

Viewpoint: Examining The Science Denial Behind IFOAM—Organics International

by Henry I. Miller, Drew L. Kershenvia Genetic Literacy Project
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The true-believers in organic agriculture, such as the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM—Organics International), are as deluded as those who deny the value of vaccines and, like them, have the potential to inflict tremendous harm.

Analysis and Commentary

Earth Day: More About Hurling Tomatoes Than Planting Them

by Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stiervia American Greatness
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Earth Day has changed a lot since its inception in 1970, and not for the better. In the spirit of the time, it started as a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, idealistic experience. Attendees were prototypic tree-huggers.

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In the News

Earth Day: The Impact Of Plants On Mental Health

quoting William Damonvia The Utah Statesman
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Plants play vital roles in the ecosystem. They convert carbon dioxide to oxygen which allows the majority of animal life on the planet to thrive. Thanks to research done by the Royal Botanical Gardens in the United Kingdom, there are approximately 391,000 known species of vascular plants.

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Lee Ohanian On The Lars Larson National Podcast (1:21:47)

interview with Lee Ohanianvia Lars Larson National Podcast
Friday, April 20, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lee Ohanian discusses how the free market can solve our problems if we would let it especially concerning the environment.

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