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Guest Contributor: Reed Watson
The following article was written by Reed Watson, Executive Director of PERC, and is being republished from PERC’s blog the Percololator.
A recently published article on predator conservation is generating significant attention in wildlife policy circles and in the mainstreammedia. The study, authored by Guillaume Chapron and Adrian Treves, points to changes in population growth rates of grey wolves during alternating periods of government-authorized culling to challenge the notion that legally killing threatened carnivores discourages illegal poaching.
Examining wolf populations in Wisconsin and Michigan during times when the species bounced on and off the endangered species list, the authors estimate population growth rates fell from 16 to 12 percent when culling was allowed.
Whether or not the data actually support that conclusion,commentators have conflated population culls by state wildlife agencies with hunting by individual citizens, inaccurately citing the article for evidence that hunting is bad for conservation. Worse, the current debate largely ignores the important connection between economic incentives and wildlife conservation. Read more here . . .
A must view film by director, Peter Byck, titled One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts, an inspiring story of Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures, in Bluffton Georgia, who shares his evolution from industrial to regenerative farmer. This is great stuff that has the potential to revolutionize farming here in the U.S., but it will require a culture change across consumers and producers.
Whether one calls it environmental conservatism or conservative environmentalism, I had the honor of participating in the Hoover Institution's forum on the topic, which featured Sir Roger Scruton, one of my favorite conservative philosophers who has promoted the importance of environmental stewardship through his talks and book, How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for Environmental read more
Guest Contributor: Eli Lehrer President-elect Donald Trump obviously doesn't have very many fans on the environmental left. And he has said things about climate change that don’t jibe with reality. There are nonetheless some Trump policies that could have pretty good effects for the climate. There are four in particular that stand out: Support for natural gas development. Increased natural gas exploration and development, a key promise of Trump’s platform, has produced more CO2 emissions reductions and greater particulate pollution reductions than any other single factor, including massive, market-distorting subsidies for trendy renewables like wind and solar energy. Using more natural gas is the best and quickest way to get emissions of all sorts down in the short term. Accelerated pipeline permitting. Trump read more
I recently suggested the public deserves an open transparent debate - similar to the Presidential debates - on climate change. The idea prompted some interesting responses, but the vast majority thought the idea has merit. Folks who know me know that I've long lamented the paucity of credible scientific brokers on this highly politicized topic, and the fact the majority of the public doesn't know what or who to believe. Let's cut through the myths, spin, and untruths and get to the facts. That is, what we know, what we don't know, and implications for acting or not acting . HT to Douglas William Domenech for bringing this recorded event to my attention. For those interested in the topic, read more
To many of my environmentalist friends, this past week could not have gone any worse. It's their worst nightmare come true. With the shock of the election beginning to settle in, prognostications and rumors abound that the election represents a catastrophic threat to the global environment. Recognizing the grave despair of many this past week, I attempted to offer words of consolation to my green friends, pledging to work across the political divide for environmental protection. Words oftentimes seem empty and hollow, and I'm under no illusion that mine likely rang hollow as well. The sentiment of one of my friends I think best sums up the feelings of many. "But hey look on the bright side, with [Trump's] attitude read more
For all those in DC who are interested in this topic, you should consider attending the following forum sponsored by the Hoover Institution. Roger Scruton is fantastic, and one of my favorite philosophers and authors with much to say about environmental issues. Conservative Environmentalism Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Hoover Institution, Washington DC The Hoover Institution hosts a discussion on "Conservative Environmentalism" on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 8:45am - 12:15pm EST. Here's an outside of the box idea: Are conservatives best suited to safeguard the environment? The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political left, which believes that the principal threats to the planet come from globalization, consumerism, new technologies, and the overexploitation of natural resources. Philosopher and renowned author Sir Roger Scruton agrees that read more
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump seeks 'practical environmentalism' in EPA chief Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter Published: Monday, September 26, 2016 A longtime business associate of Donald Trump has two words for what the 2016 Republican presidential nominee wants in a U.S. EPA administrator. "Practical environmentalism," Ed Russo said in an interview with Greenwire. "Not radical environmentalism." Russo has done environmental consulting for Trump Organization golf courses and other properties across the United States and Europe. The Key West, Fla., resident is also a supporter of local environmental groups and has emerged as one of the Republican presidential nominee's biggest boosters, self-publishing a tome defending the candidate's environmental record titled "Donald J. Trump: An Environmental Hero." Russo believes Trump would return EPA to simpler, more domestic goals as read more
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