Energy & Environment

The National Infrastructure Bank: A Cure-All for America’s Infrastructure Woes?

By Dennis Lytton The first infrastructure bank bill was proposed by Congress in 2007, and some iteration of it has been reintroduced in every Congress since. Beginning in 2009, the Obama Administration identified the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) as an important goal for enhancing surface transportation financing. The President recently renewed that…

The People vs. Gold: How Legal Action Can Rid Romania of a Bad Deal

By Nicolae Stefanuta “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights,” oil industrialist John Paul Getty reportedly proclaimed. The combination of resource wealth and dubious public policy is at play these days in Romania, the site of Europe’s largest gold, silver, and rare earth deposits. Discontent over policy…

Managing for the Unknowns: Adaptive Resource Management

By Addie Haughey Adaptive resource management is an iterative approach to environmental decision-making that adjusts as outcomes from management are better understood over time.  More simply, adaptive management is a way of making decisions when we do not know everything we would like to know (from Runge).  This approach offers managers and stakeholders the opportunity…

Climate Change Deniers Back in the Headlines

By Annie Downs On January 27, the Wall Street Journal published an open letter from sixteen scientists telling us to just chill out about global warming. They warn readers that “a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.” Science by its very…

Wetlands Regulation: A Failed Experiment

By Elizabeth Robinson While I was home in Greenville, South Carolina, for winter break, I read in the local paper that a huge percentage of the wetlands in my state are completely unprotected by environmental regulations. Through a combination of policy loopholes and local noncompliance, isolated wetlands—those not connected to a major waterway—can be destroyed…