Free Market Environmentalism

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An astroturf public relations effort to privatize public lands, enriching large corporations. Evolved from the Sagebrush Rebellion and Wise Use Movement. Financed in part by the Koch brothers. Cliven Bundy was one of the dupes in this movement. Also used to describe tradeable pollution permits, but states decide how much pollution to allow.


Politics or Scholarship? [More...]
The libertarian utopia of a society in which the individual is completely sovereign over his or her private domain would lead to an environmentalism so extreme that it would preclude human life. Nor is free market environmentalism really a libertarian solution: it is just a way of empowering state decisions on pollution.
The Strategy To Privatize The Public Domain [More...]
There is a coordinated and decades-long effort to privatize the public lands of the United States, controlled by a network of corporations and conservative foundations and think tanks intent on gaining control of the public domain.


The pricing of environmental goods that is generated by free-market environmentalist devices relies on an initial political determination of how much a given pollutant should be reduced. A government must first decide which pollutants to control, then by what amount, before it can know how many emissions permits to issue. The market in such permits does not replace politics; it supplements it by providing the most efficient means for achieving politically determined ends... free-market environmentalism is statist at its core.
Jeffrey Friedman, "Politics or Scholarship?"