Greener Than Thou

Are You Really an Environmentalist?

By Terry L. Anderson and Laura E. Huggins

Why is green equated with regulation? Why can't green mean harnessing the power of markets to improve the environment? Is there another path to better resource stewardship? In Greener Than Thou, Terry Anderson and Laura Huggins answer these and other questions as they make a case for free market environmentalism.

In six insightful chapters, the authors make a powerful argument for free market environmentalism. They break down liberal and conservative stereotypes of what it means to be an environmentalist and show that, by forming local coalitions around market principles, stereotypes can be replaced by pragmatic solutions that improve environmental quality without increasing red tape.

Read Chapter 1:  It's Not Easy Being Green

Commentary by Terry Anderson:  Are You Really Green?  

Review By Max Falque
International Center for Research on
Environmental Issues

"There are two ways to show you are green. One is to preach, sue, lobby and spend; the other is to find ways to nudge people in the environmental directions by changing their economic incentives. Greener Than Thou demonstrates with fascinating case histories--ranging from Alaskan halibut to Bolivian bees to Mexican jaguars--how much more can be achieved the second way."
-Matt Ridley, scientist and author of
Genome: The Autobiography of Species in 23 Chapters

Hoover Institution Press
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
2008; 146 pages
Paper: $15
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Terry L. Anderson is a senior fellow at PERC and the former President and Executive Director of PERC as well as the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His research helped launch the idea of free market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of government in managing...
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Huggins is a research fellow and former director of outreach with PERC as well as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Her association with PERC goes back several years, although she has recently embarked on a new venture as the manager of economic initiatives for the American Prairie Reserve. Huggins coauthored with...
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