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Jason Scorse, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the International Environmental Policy Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His book What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics is available at Amazon.

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For most of modern American history, the two major political parties in America have largely agreed on the desired long-term environmental outcomes for the country: there was a consensus among Republicans and Democrats that it was a good thing to press for cleaner air and water, less toxins in the environment, biodiversity preservation, and mitigation strategies for clean energy and, mostly recently, climate change.


The disagreements were largely centered around how to achieve these outcomes, and to some extent the pace of change and the absolute targets. Democrats by and large preferred a heavier regulatory approach (i.e. “command and control”) that set specific firm-level emissions limits, prescribed permissible technologies, and set industry-wide energy and fuel efficiency standards. Republicans tended to support more market-oriented policies, with cap and trade foremost among them.


Nowadays, the arguments are no longer over the m... Read more

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  • Environmentalists Need to Reclaim Economics

    My book entitled, What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics, comes out this week. The aim is simple: to show in a concise and clear manner why economic reasoning and analysis is crucial for solving the world’s major environmental problems. But there is a subtext: environmentalists have often been wary of economics and dismissed economic […]

  • Will the real conservatives please stand up?

    Conservatives used to take environmental issues seriously. Despite the usual linking of environmental policy with the Left, in fact it was conservative Republican presidents who initiated some of the most ground-breaking environmental achievements: Richard Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970; Ronald Reagan signed the Montreal Protocol to combat ozone depletion in 1987 (for […]

  • A Few Final Thoughts on the Population Issue

    I’ve looked over all of the comments on both population-related posts and I’ll end with a few final observations: 1. A lot of this argument is one of semantics and logic. Many of the population-is-the-problem folks posit the issue like this: A. Humans are doing destructive things B. There are lots of humans C. There […]

  • Response to the population doomsayers and Robert Walker

    Thanks for all of the responses over the past two days to my queries about proposed solutions to the population problem and the "optimum" global population. So here are some observations followed by my response to the questions Robert Walker posed in his piece claiming that population is still a major issue.