Public-Private Partnerships in Waste Management

In 2018, China officially removed itself from its role as the world’s “garbage dump” by refusing to buy plastic scrap. Since then, much of the western world has scrambled for solutions to the [...]

Solving Plastic Pollution Will Come from Entrepreneurs and Innovation

Every year, an additional 8 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean, with 90% coming from just ten rivers, eight in Asia and two in Africa. Preventing and cleaning up ocean plastic [...]

Colorado’s Water Quality Improvement Fund

By Andrew Rummens Abstract Trying to promote water quality while avoiding placing a burden on taxpayers is a tough juggling act for state and local governments. In Colorado, the Water Quality [...]

High Seas Intrigue: Thailand vs Seasteaders

On February 10th, 2019, the Seasteading Institute hosted their 10 year anniversary and the event was crowned with the official announcement that retired Bitcoin investor Chad Elwartowski and [...]

Institutional Adaptation to Water Scarcity in Utah Irrigation Companies

A review of how water institutions in the American West have changed in response to arid conditions as a means of examining the possibility of further change as an adaptation to climate change [...]

The Antiquities Act: A Broken Process and Dangerous Precedent

By Barret Anderson | July 16, 2019 The views contained in this piece are those of the author and STRATA and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, [...]

Learning to Live in Wildfire Country

The views contained in this piece are those of the author and STRATA and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. By [...]

Interest Groups and Supreme Court Commerce Clause Regulation, 1920-1937

Did interest groups influence the Supreme Court’s interpretation of federal economic regulatory authority under the Commerce Clause leading up to the Supreme Court’s 1937 reversal? Recent [...]

The Power of Prices: Why Raising Prices on Electricity Can Save People Money

We are all familiar with our power bill. When it comes in the mail or electronically we don’t pay it too much mind, we don’t know how it is priced, if we should move some of our consumption to [...]


Sue-and-settle is the name applied to a federal agency’s use of litigation to create policy outside of the normal regulatory process. This paper discusses the impact that the sue-and-settle [...]

Politics and Energy

Nearly three-quarters of the USD 1.8 trillion of global energy investment is driven either by direct investing by state-owned enterprises or private-led investments incentivised by policies. In [...]

Humanity: A Plague on This Earth?

The phenomenon of spontaneous population management is already happening in developed and developing countries across the globe, and it is directly linked to economic prosperity. Contrary to what [...]

Utah’s Wood Burning Stove Replacement Project

Three areas in Utah exceed the particulate matter air pollution standards set by the EPA. Since 2014 the Utah Legislature has passed 55 bills related to air quality, and air quality has been one [...]

Access to Reliable Energy is Not Just Important, it is Necessary to Prosper

While money may not buy happiness, money, or at least a minimum amount of money, is highly correlated with happiness and satisfaction. Some happiness studies,1 which we believe are relatively [...]

Don’t Let HBO’s Chernobyl Scare You Away from Nuclear Power

HBO’s new historical drama mini-series Chernobyl is a stunning and masterful production that portrays the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Critics have lauded the show, claiming “No [...]

Federal Land in the United States

Federal lands are owned and managed by the United States government and cannot be owned by private individuals. Almost one-third (640 million acres) of the continental United States is federal [...]

The Power of Entrepreneurs to Solve Environmental Problems

Environmental problems often seem insurmountable and as recent news reports highlight the impact humans have on the environment, the need for solutions for environmental problems to be [...]

The Green New Deal: Not Green and Not New

A long-running joke about some environmentalists is that they are watermelons--green on the outside and red on the inside. That is, they propose socialist policies in an attempt to achieve their [...]

The Non-Expert Dilemma

Policies about energy production, distribution, reliability, and sources are non-expert problems. Most people want energy to be abundant and affordable. The problem for politicians is to try to [...]

Transaction Costs and Property Rights in the Development of Western Water Law

Irrigation is an art. Ask anyone who has plowed a ditch, set irrigation dams, used siphon tubes, changed sprinkler lines, laid drip line, or programmed center pivot systems. Farmers decide [...]

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