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Environmental conflict : in search of common ground
Pompe, Jeffrey J., 1951-
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Albany : State University of New York Press, [2002]

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ix, 176 pages ; 23 cm
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Explores how economics can help solve environmental problems.

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Jeffrey J. Pompe is Professor of Economics at Francis Marion University.

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Hoping to synthesize ideas to reach rational and informed solutions, Pompe and Rinehart (economics, Francis Marion Univ.) explain in layperson terms how economists can help clarify and resolve environmental problems. They outline a series of basic economic concepts and illustrate the ways in which these laws can be useful in deciding public policy. Although they try to steer a neutral course, their primary allegiance to free market solutions and private property ownership is never in doubt, and they say almost nothing about monopolistic impacts on market operations. They give glaring examples of failed governmental efforts to direct the allocation of resources and assert that economists are often better equipped than environmentalists in dealing with these contentious issues. They use the acronym TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) to remind readers that choices must be made between competing demands on limited resources and stress the need to apply cost-benefit analysis to reach these decisions. Support for these decisions, however, depends on citizen confidence in the results of such analysis. This work could promote lively discussion in introductory courses in environmental studies and should interest general readers. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public and lower-division undergraduate library collections. G. T. Potter emeritus, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Chapter 1. Introduction: More than You Knowp. 1
Chapter 2. Unfortunately, the Best Things in Life Aren't Free: How Economists Thinkp. 15
Chapter 3. T'aint What You Do (It's the Way that Cha Do It): Why Do We Spoil the Environment?p. 35
Chapter 4. Who Will Buy?: Weighing the Value of Environmental Goodsp. 53
Chapter 5. Lovely to Look At, Delightful to Know: Preserving Our Natural Resourcesp. 67
Chapter 6. Where Be the Dragons?: The Loss of Biodiversityp. 83
Chapter 7. I Get Along without You Very Well: Solving Pollution Problemsp. 95
Chapter 8. How High the Sky: Acid Rain, Ozone Depletion, and Global Warmingp. 119
Chapter 9. A Worrisome Thing: The Environment and Economic Growthp. 131
Chapter 10. Conclusion: I'm Beginning to See the Lightp. 143
Notesp. 153
Bibliography and Selected Readingsp. 161
Indexp. 169