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Chapter One: Political Environmentalism


Published: November 12, 2019

People are more likely to conserve when they have a private interest in doing so. Environmental markets are a way of achieving our environmental goals at a lower cost and with less contention. Regulatory agencies create unwanted results and move too slowly to fix their unintended consequences. Markets move at the speed of human ingenuity.

Video Recorded: August 22, 2019

Discussion Questions

  1. How can markets protect endangered species?
  2. How would free-market environmentalists protect endangered species?

Additional Resources

  • For more, read Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation, by Terry Anderson and Donald Leal, available here.  
  • Watch “Terry Anderson Asks Who Washes A Rental Car?” Available here.
  • Watch "A Better Way to Preserve the Environment" by Terry Anderson. Available here
  • Watch "Office Hours: Terry Anderson On Free Market Environmentalism," available here.
  • In “We’re All Environmentalists Now” Terry Anderson makes a case for markets. Available here.