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Explaining the Persistence of ‘Command-and-Management’ in US Environmental Legislation

That is the title of a paper just lately posted by Daniel Cole. The summary: Economists and authorized students have recognized for many years that “financial devices,” together with cap-and-trade regimes and effluent taxes, can scale back emissions at decrease price than command-and-control laws. But, the US system of environmental regulation stays closely dominated by command-and-control. How can we clarify this outstanding persistence? This paper considers three different explanations: (1) path-dependency; (2) public selection theories…

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The regulation and species classification

The journal Isis not too long ago printed an article by Peter Alagona, "Species Complicated: Classification and Conservation in American Environmental Historical past". I heard Peter give a captivating speak on this at a convention some time again, during which he defined that whereas scientists don't actually have definition for what a species is, the regulation (e.g. the US Endangered Species Act) requires organisms to be categorized into species, thus driving this seemingly "scientific" endeavor.…

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Leaded

January’s Environmental Historical past has a overview by Leif Fredrickson of Michael Combine’s Leaded: The Poisoning of Idaho’s Silver Valley (OSU Press, 2016). From the overview: The toxic historical past of the Bunker Hill Firm must be as well-known to environmental historians because the Battle of Bunker Hill is to historians of the American Revolution. Situated within the Silver Valley in northern Idaho, Bunker Hill mining and smelting operations polluted the encompassing space and poisoned residents and employees…

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From Charlottesville to Yosemite

The Ahwahnee Resort in 1980 (George Rose) Daniel Duane has an fascinating piece in yesterday's New York Times on genocide of the Yosemite Valley's natives and the alternative of their names with Anglo ones, and all of it begins from a trademark dispute. After detailing the killing and renaming of locations in Yosemite carried out by California militia, Duane explains each the authorized dispute and the complexity of the identify difficulty: The latest furor over the…

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The tobacco playbook

(Sorry for the lengthy silence, I have been busy with another issues. As all the time, when you’re desirous about contributing posts to the weblog, I would be more than pleased to assist! Within the meantime:) Sarah Milov (a co-founder of this weblog) just lately revealed a chunk within the Washington Submit on the historical past of grass-roots anti-tobacco campaigns that may function a mannequin for local weather activism at the moment. Some highlights: Activists…

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Historic evaluation in environmental regulation VI: What’s at stake

Within the final couple of posts in this collection I advised a number of instructions of inquiry for uncovering the historical past of environmental regulation. On this remaining submit within the collection, I want to tentatively provide some ideas on why the historic exploration of environmental regulation issues. To begin with, historical past will help us higher perceive present environmental regulation. For example, David Driesen has just lately superior a optimistic idea of environmental regulation, making…

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US power regulation

Hauling crude oil to a refinery in Casper, Wyoming, c. 1900(Casper Faculty Western Historical past Heart) Dan Farber at Authorized Planet posted the opposite day on how the US federal authorities’s regulation of the power sector goes again some time: To listen to a few of the debate, you’d assume that the Obama Administration breached some longstanding barrier that left power coverage to the states and the market. If there ever was such a barrier, it disappeared…

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Water regulation in Star Chamber

‘A plotte of the landes about Ashebourne’, Derbyshire. 1556–1557 (Folger Shakespeare Library) One issue of English water-law historical past is the dearth of reported water circumstances predating the nineteenth century. Thankfully younger historians are doing good work in digging up archival documentation of water litigation. We heard a couple of years in the past from Leona Skelton about her attention-grabbing work on the Tyne River Courtroom, and now I might like to notice Lehua Yim’s…

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The Knights of St. John and endangered species safety

“Fungus coccineus Melitensis Typhoides”, from Paolo Boccone, Icones & Descriptiones rariarum plantarum Siciliae, Melitae, Galliae, & Italiae (1674) A current journey to Malta took me to the Dwejra on the attractive island of Gozo, off the coast of which lies the small islet of Fungus Rock. The island is called after the uncommon “Malta Fungus” (really a flowering plant) that grows on the highest of this rock and was as soon as thought to own medicinal…

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