- An interesting description of political incentives in China, and how command and control tree planting is probably making things worse by incentivizing movement of trees from natural to political locations.
- Recommended: James Salzman's Creating markets for ecosystem services: notes from the field (2005) [PDF]:
...Ecosystem services are neither prized by markets nor explicitly protected by the law. In recent years, an increasing number of initiatives around the world have sought to create markets for services, some dependent on government intervention and some created by entirely private ventures. These experiences have demonstrated that investing in natural capital rather than built capital can make both economic and policy sense... This Article reviews the range of current payment schemes and identifies the key requirements for instrument design... demonstrating that payment should be favored over the more traditional regulatory and tax-based approaches in far more settings than commonly assumed.
- John Whitehead points out that consumers who like green ideas ALSO need to like paying higher prices (if the idea was green AND cheaper, we'd already do it).
- FAIL: "Conservatives" used to believe in science. Fewer do now, because their political "guts" overrule facts. (Happens on the left too.) Why does this matter? Because a record number of Americans (60 million+) "depend" on government. If government makes poor policies, these people suffer more, at a higher cost to those of us who pay for dependence.
- Institute for Transportation & Development Policy wants to improve our lives, one good policy at a time.