Sunday, June 3, 2018

One Down, Many to Go

The first task of summer is done. I've prepared 3 three-hour lectures for a training program in Beijing during the first week of July. The first is on interactions between property systems and environmental systems, and the diversity of property systems for environmental protection. The second is on the history of land-use and urban environmental controls, from the Indus Valley, ca. 2600 BCE to the present. The third is on advantages and disadvantages of various instruments for environmental management, including design standards, performance standards, zoning, subsidies, cap-and-trade, and taxes.

Next up, drafting sections for an article, with SPEA Dean John Graham, on the Trump Administration's roll-back of motor-vehicle emission standards under the 1970 Clean Air Act (1970), federal preemption of state standards, the CAA's California waiver, and whether that waiver is limited by the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act. This project holds two attractions for me: (1) it gets me back into the mire of domestic air pollution control, a subject I haven't taught for nearly 10 years, but one I am scheduled to begin teaching again next Spring; and (2) John and I don't exactly see eye-to-eye on many of the relevant policy issues (that's an understatement), so this project will test my priors, and John's as well. And if we actually come to some kind of agreement on the policy and the law, it will be both a minor miracle and a significant contribution to the literature.

I dearly hope (but do not expect) to have time later this summer to work on a chapter or two for a long-planned book project (with Mike McGinnis and Eduardo Brondizio) on institutional analysis of social-ecological systems.

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