Utah State University

How Good Intentions Backfire: Negative Effects of Federal Environmental Policies

October 1, 2016 Introduction Federal policymakers have been enacting environmental laws for decades to preserve environmental quality and promote human health, but some outcomes from these laws have been economically or environmentally harmful. This report examines how and why negative consequences arise from seemingly good environmental laws. The report examines the political process of creating […]

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Manufacturing Yellowstone: Political Management of an American Icon

August 4, 2016 Introduction Yellowstone National Park, a beloved icon to Americans and visitors from across the globe, is managed by the National Park Service (NPS). In 2016, the NPS will celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of its formation under the Organic Act. Yellowstone has served as the model of park management throughout the world since […]

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The Unseen Costs of Electricity

April 20, 2016 “In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not seen; we are fortunate if […]

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Ethanol and Renewable Fuel Standard

January 31, 2016 This report examines the history and impact of government subsidies for the corn ethanol industry on the U.S. economy as a whole and also on specific “corn belt” counties. We are primarily concerned with the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) following its implementation in 2005. By looking at both local […]

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