Nationally, two big stories related to natural resource econ are making headlines:
1. New auto and emissions rules
Gallup has some survey results about how Americans feel about standards
2. The Waxman-Markey Climate Bill currently in the House
Krugman has an interesting take on it in today's paper
(note: Kruman is a Nobel Prize winning economist, and is pretty liberal)
Locally, we also have two big issues:
1. Titan Cement
Note the links to many other stories about this topic on the left under "related stories"
Also, if you search back in this blog to September 2008, you'll find lots of related discussion.
2. The legality and desireability of using hardened structures to prevent beach erosion
Suppose we were interested in studying one of these. How might the tools of natural resource economics be useful? What research questions might we want to address? Why would it be important to remain objective (i.e. employ positive analysis rather than normative analysis)?