The network of interest groups, litigation, and the culture that make up modern environmentalism fights green and traditional energy development alike. As national policymakers continue to tout “green” initiatives, “green” interest groups will oppose them. In the new book, Green vs. Green
, authors Ryan Yonk, Randy Simmons and Brian Steed describe green opposition to green energy development as a green activist versus green energy dilemma.
Green activists compare the costs from local green energy development with the local benefits of preservation. The costs are almost all local – hundreds if not thousands of acres must be devoted to solar or wind farms. Windmills and solar farms destroy traditional farming. Birds and bats are killed. The benefits, however, tend to be exported, as the energy is usually sent elsewhere and any benefits from lower carbon production are shared widely. Join us to hear Ryan Yonk discuss the political, legal and administrative pitfalls facing green energy production.
Ryan M. Yonk is an Assistant Professor at Southern Utah University and the Research Director of the Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Georgia State University. His research interests include public choice economics, political economy, direct democracy, public lands policy, environmental policy, state and local government, and other issues that impact local communities.
Randy T. Simmons
is Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, and former Mayor of Providence, Utah. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah League of Cities and Towns and a Member of the Utah Governor's Privatization Commission.
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Randy T. Simmons
Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy