Painting the White House Green: Rationalizing Environmental Policy Inside the Executive Office of the President

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Painting the White House Green collects personal essays by eight Senior Staff Economists for Environmental and Natural Resource Policy who worked within the Council of Economic Advisers from 1992 to 2002. These authors confirm the council's "severe" view of many environmental initiatives, a perspective that led President Clinton to label his economic advisers "lemon suckers." At the same time, the authors demonstrate that the emphasis on efficiency was to provide more effective environmental protection at lower cost. Thinking "green" meant thinking consistently about both economics and the environment.
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'Reveals the way economic analysis is used, and ignored, by top-level policymakers. All eight essays are written by former staff members of the White House's Council of Economic Advisors (CEA). . . . It thus presents a thoroughly insider's view. . . . Directly or indirectly, climate change is the issue that strings together the essays in the book. . . . All the essays help answer the question of how best to deal with climate change. Each one presents in a different context the analytical tools economists use to protect the environment.'
Environment and Planning

'[This book] gives a rare inside look at the tensions in economic and environmental policymaking at the top of the U.S. federal structure. . . .Knowledgeable economists show how they dealt with these complex . . . issues in the three past administrations.'
Journal of Environmental Science & Policy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891853722
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: RFF Press Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall Lutter is chief economist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Jason F. Shogren is the Stroock Distinguished Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management and a professor of economics at the University of Wyoming.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : lessons from a hot seat 1
1 A tale of two policies : clear skies and climate change 10
2 Head in the clouds decision-making : EPA's air quality standards for ozone 46
3 Economic analysis and the formulation of U.S. climate policy 67
4 Saving the planet cost-effectively : the role of economic analysis in climate change mitigation policy 89
5 Making markets for global forest conservation 119
6 Electricity restructuring and the environment 141
7 Do all the resource problems in the West begin in the East? : revisited 152
8 The good news and the bad news from Washington 166
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