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Silverado Creek: A Tragedy of the Commons

by Tibor R. Machanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 30, 1999

Why private property rights are good for the environment. By Hoover fellow Tibor R. Machan.

Reforming Hazardous Waste Policy

via Analysis
Tuesday, June 1, 1999

Hazardous waste regulation in the United States under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act has several significant problems. The regulations prioritize risks poorly, failing to set tougher standards for more-hazardous wastes. They have forced firms to spend billions of dollars on diverting waste from disposal on land, without convincing evidence of high health and environmental benefits. Finally, because the regulations raise the cost of legally managing wastes, they may encourage illegal dumping of wastes and thus actually hurt the environment more than they help it.

The program needs fundamental reform. Such reforms would relax the regulations and rely more on economic incentives. Setting up these incentives, however, requires some thought. Hazardous waste policy addresses a wide variety of substances, and its environmental effects depend on how facilities manage their wastes. Thus, traditional incentive policies, such as "green" taxes, must be tailored for this purpose. Taxes should be levied not on the wastes themselves but on the environmental releases from waste management facilities. These taxes would decentralize decisions and, perhaps more important, more clearly link the policy to its environmental goals. A modified deposit/refund (similar to bottle bills) could have similar benefits and would eliminate the policy's incentives for illegal disposal.

Sincerely, Mom

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 1999

Grandma gets e-mail. By Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

Teller Reflects

by Edward Teller, Lee Munsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 1999

One of the century’s intellectual giants reflects on America’s past—and future. An interview with Hoover fellow Edward Teller by Lee Munson.

Choke Hold

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 1999

The biotech industry is choking on FDA regulations. Hoover Fellow Henry I. Miller attempts a Heimlich maneuver.

Environmental Law 101

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 1999

The best way to protect the environment? Consult common sense—and common law. By legal scholar Richard A. Epstein.

The New Terror: Facing the Threat of Biological and Chemical Weapons

via Books by Hoover Fellows
Friday, January 1, 1999

Leading thinkers answer questions about biological and chemical weapons.

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Faith and Reason, Together Again

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

Who says it’s possible to believe in science and God? Scientists do. Hoover fellow Peter Robinson reports.

The Politics behind Global Warming

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, July 30, 1998

Vice President Al Gore and his allies have been able to present global warming to the American public as an accomplished fact only by ignoring scientific controversy. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell warns us to “prepare for a new wave of lies, dressed up as science.”

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California, High and Dry

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, July 30, 1998

With California on the verge of a major water shortage, bureaucrats are proposing wildly expensive and inefficient responses. Hoover fellow Terry L. Anderson wonders why they haven’t considered the simplest solution of all—letting the market work.

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