Welcome to the PERColator

The PERColator is a collaborative blog from the Property & Environment Research Center (PERC) – the center for free market environmentalism.  It is dedicated to exploring the notion that environmental quality is best defended by property rights and free markets.

PERC espouses the conservation legacy of Aldo Leopold, who wrote that “conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest.” Free markets and property rights provide landowners with the right incentives to conserve the environment and the public interest.

Contributors to the blog are PERC fellows and friends that specialize in various areas of environmental policy. Our goal is to facilitate discussion on environmental issues throughout the blogosphere, much as a percolator facilitates the sharing of ideas over cups of coffee.  We hope you’ll participate.

Please feel free to comment on any of the content, but remember to do so in a manner that is civil, thoughtful, and respectful. As defenders of property rights, we will work to maintain the environmental quality of the PERColator for all its guests.

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  1. A great surprise, engaging minds, some fresh air for a new yorker, positive Change! Gonna pour me a cup of cool – aid and read on- friends.

  2. Someone should respond to the article about African wildlife in this week’s The Economist. Being economists, they are on the right track with their observations and comments, but PERC folks could add a lot to their understanding and note some of the success stories resulting from proper assignment of property rights that they have been missing. I didn’t respond myself because they have printed one of my letters on the topic previously and I expect that they prefer to hear from people with proper credentials.

    Lee Nason
    New Bedford, Massachusetts