16 September 2008

Boring reading to most of you I know ... :0)

Selected chapters that I plan to read from a new Fraser Institute report Breath of Fresh Air : The state of environmental policy in Canada. I find it interesting that the report devotes two large chapters to lessons we can learn from the USA.

Executive Summary :

The purpose of this book is to outline several market-based environmental policy options, and to explain why the enactment of such policies would improve environmental quality and natural resource policy in Canada. In this book, the authors provide examples of the direct application of market-based policies. These policies include the strong protection of property rights, the use of environmental pricing, the application of cost benefit analyses, and the devolution of the power of decision making to local agents who are most closely connected to the issues and more easily held accountable. The book concludes by describing how Canada can learn from the policy experiences of other countries.

Chapter 3 - Water and Wastewater in Canada: Tapping into Private Sector Capital, Expertise, and Efficiencies

Chapter 10 - Forests: The Private Role in Public Rights

Chapter 12 - Can America Teach Canada How to Protect Endangered Species?

Chapter 13 - Free-Market Environmentalism: Lessons from the United States