Professor Edward Morey

Econ 4545: Environmental Economics


Readings Available Online:

Some basic readings on Efficiency, Equity, Society, and Market Failures

The Ethicist: A Dog's Death; Randy Cohen, NYY, September 25, 2005 - who is a member of society?

A Food Fad's Ripple Effect on Reefs of the Pacific: Cyanide, William Stevens, NYT, October 31, 1995 - a classic example of an exernality

Ax murdering and washing your hands after using the toilet

For a common-sense economist A Nobel - and an impact on the Law (Ron Coase), NYT 1991

Cheapest protection fo nature may lie in taxes, Peter Passell, NYT, November 24, 1992

Unlikely Alliances Attack Property Rights Measures, Timothy Egan, NYT, May 15, 1995

House Votes for New Limits on Endangered Species Act, Felicity Barringer, NYT, Sept 30, 2005 -should landowners be compensated if the ES act lowers their property value?

Finding yourself packing it on? Blame friends, Gina Kolata, NYT, July 26, 2007

Without Magic Santa Would Need 12 Million Employees, Chana Joffe-Walt, NPR, December 19, 2012.

Matthew Malady, NYT, May 31, 2013, Want to Save Civilization? Get in Line

Should you fear the pizzly bear? NYT August 14, 2014, Moises Velasquez-Manoff

Production, Consumption and the environment

Lecture on Materials Balance -E.R.Morey -.wav file

Analysis of Environmental Pollution, Alan Kneese, Swedish Journal of Economics, 1971 - this article is a classic

Earth as a space ship, Kenneth Boulding, 1965 for other stuff by Boulding see http://www.colorado.edu/econ/Kenneth.Boulding/

Pearce and Turner Chapter 2: The Circular Economy

NPR: New antismog restrictions will increase global warming, 01/25/2010, audio at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122626662&ps=rs

Some Readings on NonMarket Valuation

Using Contingent Valuation to Estimate a Neighbourhood’ s Willingness to Pay to Preserve Undeveloped Urban Land - this started as a paper for the graduate environmental class

Pollsters Enlist

Polls May Help

They Exist. Therefore They Are. But, Do You Care? NYT October 19, 1999

Pollings Dirty Little Secret: No Response, NYT November 21, 1999

WTA: eating or burning your dead relatives, no amount sufficient, unless, of course, you already do it

Congress Asks Faulty Science

Valuing and Preserving Site-Specific Cultural Resources in Italy: Some of the Issues Nov 7, 2001.

Mountain bike paper

Monument paper

Mobil ad

Doonesbury

Bush Offers Taxpayers another $300 if we go to war (The Onion March 6-12, 2003): estimating wta

 

Global Warming In Tietenberg global warming is discussed in Chapter 16? Discounting and present value are discussed on pages 25-30 and 55-56)

There are many articles out there about global warming. For the most recent ones in the NYTimes go to the NYTimes web site and seach under "global warming" or -"global warming" and "economics". The NYTimes has a whole archive on global warming. Do not limit the search to today's paper, and make sure you are searching the "site" rather than the site of one of their advertisers (e.g. Barnes and Noble). Some of the articles listed below are quite old. I am keeping them here so you can get a historical sense of how thinking about GW has changed over the last 20 years, and how the politics of it has changed--the politics of GW has drastically changed.

Some of the interesting articles I found at the NYT and other places include:

Q. and A.: Ann E. Carlson and Alex Wang on the U.S.-China Climate Accord, Edward Wong, NYT Nov 2014. (A legal and political take on the accord)

U.S. and China reach climate accord after months of talks, NYT Mark Landler, Nov 11, 2014.

NASA CO2 Animation Recalls 1859 Account of the Global Flow of this Gas, By Andrew C. Revkin NYT Nov. 19, 2014.

A carbon tax could bolster green energy, Eduardo Porter, NYT Nov 18, 2014.

Climate Trades (The Financial Page), James Surowieki, The New Yorker Oct. 13 2014 (about GW, the Coase Theorem and "payments for eco-system services")

Climate Realities, Robert Stavens, NYT, Sept 21, 2014 Rob is a well-known environmetnal economist at Harvard.

The end of snow, Porter Fox, NYT, Feb 7, 2014

Climate change study finds that the U.S. is already widely affected, Justin Gills, NYT May 6, 2014

Unavoidable answer to climate change, Eduardo Porter, NYT, Nov 19, 2013

Growing clamor about inequities of climate crisis, Steven Myers and Nicholas Kulish, NYT, November 16, 2013

Considering a U.S. carbon tax: fequently asked questions, Resources for the Future, Dec. 2012.

Counting the cost of fixing the future, Eduardo Porter, NYT, September 10, 2013

A NY Times interactive graphic on how much many U.S. cities will be flooded by different amounts sea level rise (one minimum predicted longrun amount is five feet-in a 100-300 years, Wow)

In poll many link weather extremes to climate change, Justin Gillis, NYT, April 17, 2012

With death of forests, loss of key climate protectors, Justin Gillis, NYT, October 1, 2011

 The Civil Heretic, Nicholas Dawidoff, NYT, March 29, 2009 (An article about Freeman Dyson, a noted scientist and rare sceptic about global warming)

Among climate scientists, a dispute over "tipping points." Andrew Revkin, NYT, March 29, 2009

What Makes Greenhouse Sense: Time to Rethink the Kyoto Protocol, Thomas Schelling, Foreign Affairs, June, 2002

The Cost of Combating Global Warming, Thomas Schelling, Foreign Affairs, Nov-Dec 1997

Blair Outlines Plans to Slash Emissions Over 50 Years, NYT, Feb 25, 2003

7 States to Sue E.P.A. Over Standards on Air Pollution, NYT Feb 21, 2003

Can Global Warming Be Studied Too Much? NYT Dec 3, 2002

McCain and Lieberman Offer Bill to Require Cuts in Gases, NYT Jan 9, 2003

As the Earth Warms, Will Companies Pay? NYT August 18,2002

The Selling of an Energy Policy By AL GORE, NYT April 21, 2002

Bush Offers Plan for Voluntary Measures to Limit Gas Emissions, NYT Feb 15, 2003

Bush Plan Expected To Slow, Not Halt, Gas Emission Rise, NYT Feb 2002, Feb 16, 2003

Clinton's November 11, 2000 webcast address on global warming

Clinton Seeks to Regulate Common Gas to Clean Air -NYT Nov 12, 2000

Canada's 'Gentle Giants' Await Vanishing Winter-NYT Nov 12, 2000

US Signs Pact to Reduce Gases tied to Warming - NYT Nov 13, 1998

How fast to cut back: two view - NYT Nov, 28 1997 - this article quotes economists

Cost Uncertainties Delaying Action on Global Warming - NYT Oct 6, 1997 - this article quotes economists

Who Cares About a Few Degrees - NYT Nov 27, 1997

Experts on Climate Change Ponder: How Urgent is It? -NTY September 9, 1997

Cushioning the Shock of Global Warming - NYT Nov 30,1997

Clinton and Global Warming: Struggling to Scare a Contented World - NYT September 28, 1997

Coal Nightmares, Electical Dreams - NYT Nov. 28, 1997

 

Some Readings on Discounting and Present Value (in addition see Tietenberg -check the index for the appropriate pages)

check out discounting, present value and interest rates in you math econ text

Counting the cost of fixing the future, Eduardo Porter, NYT, September 10, 2013

Time and Money: Discounting's Problematic Allure by Paul Portney, Resources, Summer 1999.

Guatemalan Squatters Torching Park Forests, NYT, May 20, 2000 (what does this article have to do with discount rates?)

 

Some readings on Mobile Source Pollution

Why gas prices are out of any president's control, Richard Thaler, NYT, March 31, 2012

Instead of the soft path, try hard cash, John Tierney, NYT, Oct 1, 2005 - advocating an increase in gas tax with gas prices at alltime highs

The solve-everthing tax, John Tierney, NYT Oct 4, 2005 - using the proceeds from a 50 cent increase in the gas tax to fix Social Security

Go Ahead and Drive Less, if you can: Danny Hakim and Jeremy Peters, NYT, Sept 25, 2005

Cheapest protection fo nature may lie in taxes, Peter Passell, NYT, November 24, 1992

Pump Pressure: Why the gas tax won't budge: James Surowiecki, The New Yorker, Sept 9, 2005

James Surowiecki discussing increasing the gas tax on NPR - this is an audio file .mp3

Color them Green (or Greedy) NYT March 9, 03)

Is gasoline undertaxed in the United States? Ian Parry, Resources ,Summer 2002 #148

Approval of Snowmobiles Contradicts Park Service Study, NYT Jan 31, 2003

Carmakers and Environmentalists Differ Over Fuel Cell Proposal, NYT Jan 30, 2003

Auto Emission Rules May be Toughened (NYT April 14, 99)

Auto Makers See Nothing but Trouble in Warmer World - NYT Oct. 16, 1997

Planting the Seeds for a Crop of Lean Green Machines - NYT March 15, 1998

U.S. Splurging On Energy After Falling of Diet - NYT Oct. 22, 1998

The Price is Right for Fuel Efficiency to Fall - NYT Oct 26, 1996

Uncle Sam vs Smog Monsters - Muscle Car Review, Feb/Mar 1996

Bad air: cleaner vehicles are here - so why is industry truning out gas guzzlers? -Washington Montly, June 1999.

I'm about to buy a cool S.U.V., but my friends act like I'm a criminal. Am I? - NYT magazine, May 2, 1999

Crackdown on Pollution by Vehicles -NYT May 2, 1999

There are many articles out there auto emissions. For the most recent ones in the NYTimes go to the NYTimes web site and seach under "auto emissions" or "emissions". Do not limit the search to today's paper, and make sure you are searching the "site" rather than the site of one of their advertisers (e.g. Barnes and Noble)

 

Readings on Roads (a static common-property resource) and Traffic Congestion Tolls

The Day the Traffic Disappeared, NYT April 20, 2003

£1.30 a mile tolls next for drivers : Success of London traffic charge paves way for trial of satellite tracking system to bill car users for their journeys, The Observer, Feb 23, 2003

Planners Say Tolls Will Ease Jams in 8 Cities, NYT Feb 26, 2003

In Colorado, Traffic on the Interstate Is at a Peak, By Kirk Johnson, NYT, Sept 19,2004

Should I-70 west of Denver be a toll road? Edward Morey, revised Oct 4, 2005

Interstate jams cost each driver $615 annually, April Stevens, Rocky Mountain New, April 13, 2000 - will widening the road solve the congestion problem?

Static common property problems: parks

For other recent articles in the NYTimes go to the NYTimes web site and seach under terms such as "national parks", "Yellowstone", "traffic", and "congestion". Do not limit the search to today's paper, and make sure you are searching the "site" rather than the site of one of their advertisers (e.g. Barnes and Noble). If you choose to purchase an article from the NYT Archives it will cost a couple of bucks, it will cost a couple of bucks, articles from today's paper can be downloaded for free.

Priorities in the National Parks: NYT July 26, 1999

National Parks: Crowed Now, and Crowed Then: NYT August 14, 1999

Bargain Travelers Trample National Parks: NYT July 27, 1999

A Move to Rid Parks of Snowmobiles: NYT February 7, 1999

Latest threat to Yellowstone: admirers are loving it to death, William Steven, NYT, Sept 13, 1995

 

Recreational fishing, hunting, and the CP problem

A Slaughter of Cormorants in Angler Country: NYT August 1, 1998.

Ranch Hunting: One Person's Sport, Another's Slaughter; Business Grows, So Does Opposition

Web sites for "game ranches": http://www.777ranch.com , http://www.luckystarranch.com

 

Extinction: economic issues

For other recent articles in the NYTimes go to the NYTimes web site and seach under terms such as "extinction", "salmon", "linx", etc. Do not limit the search to today's paper, and make sure you are searching the "site" rather than the site of one of their advertisers (e.g. Barnes and Noble). If you choose to purchase an article from the NYT Archives it will cost a couple of bucks, it will cost a couple of bucks, articles from today's paper can be downloaded for free.

The endagered species act gets a makeover: NYT June 2, 1998.

House Votes for New Limits on Endangered Species Act, Felicity Barringer, NYT, Sept 30, 2005 -should landowners be compensated if the ES act lowers their property value?

 

Preserving natural environments

Rare Alliance in the Rockies Strives to Save Open Space: NYT August 14, 1998

U.S. Hopes to Buy Picture-Perfect Slice of the West: NYT August 25, 1998

Victims of War: The Jungle Gorillas and Tourism: NYT March 31, 1999

Additional Readings on Marketable Permits

The Tradable Permits Approach to Protecting the Commons: What have we learned? -Tom Tietenberg

Designing Emissions Trading in Practice: General Considerations and Experiences from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), Peter Heindl and Andreas Löschel, Discussion paper 2011

 

What is Conservation?

What is Conservation?: Herfindahl in Three Studies in Mineral Economics

 

The History of the Conservation Movement

For other recent articles on conservation the NYTimes go to the NYTimes web site and seach under "conservation". Do not limit the search to today's paper, and make sure you are searching the "site" rather than the site of one of their advertisers (e.g. Barnes and Noble). If you choose to purchase an article from the NYT Archives it will cost a couple of bucks, it will cost a couple of bucks, articles from today's paper can be downloaded for free.

An Environmentalist on a Different Path:A Fresh View of the Supposed Wilderness and Even the Indians Place in It:

NYT April 3, 1999

"Gifford Pinchot" from Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Filmmakers study a man who studied the apes: NYT March 23, 1999

The Forest Service's New Deal: NYT Editorial Desk, February 16, 1999

Celebrating an Ecologist's Eloquence and Vision," NYT, October 19, 99

Searching for Eden; The Definition of Wilderness Is Increasingly Elusive," NYT, September 12, 99

 

 Other Stuff

Web Sites that Dish Dirt on Polluters

Web Site Dishes Dirt on Major Polluters - NYT April 22, 1998

Chemical Scorecard This site is maintained by the Environmental Defense Fund. Use it to find out the amount of toxic pollutants in your neighborhood

EPA Envirofacts Wharehouse Homepage

Right to Know

 

Other Sites of General Interest

EPA (Environmental Proctection Agency)

Environmental Defense Fund

The "Clean Air Act" as amended in 1990

Home page for Resources for the Future (RFF)

Home page for AERE (Association of Environmental and Resource Economists)

Home page for NOAA

Greenpeace International Home page

NOAA Damage Assessment and Restoration

 

Link to ENVIRO-ECONOMICS GATEWAY

Professor Kahn's webpage for his text, The Economic Approach to Environmental and Natural Resources. It has links to a lot of other sites.

 

Link to Professor Tom Tietenberg's web page

Tom is the author of the text Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. The site includes numerous links to interesting materials. .

  Link to The companion page for the text Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

This site links to a chat room were you can chat and/or post questions.

 

Articles Suggested by Students

Titanium mine worries the neighbors, MSNBC Sept 6, 2000 suggested by Greg Rybczynski

Controversy Grows Over Wetlands Restoration, LA Times suggested by Justin Lessner

The Rio Grande - Not Big Enough Any More suggested by Hugh Robinson

 

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