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1PS 475/575 -- Prof. WeberFall Qtr. 2012Office Hours: Tues., 12-1:30 PMThurs., 1:30-2:30Environmental and Natural Resource Politics andPolicyDo acid rain, intractable urban smog, and endangered spotted owls signify a march towardecological disaster? Is the challenge of using and sustaining the capacity of the environment togenerate a continuous flow of resources and services becoming ever more difficult? Or are weinstead racing forward to a new age of environmental optimism where cheaper and smarterenvironmental policies, and market mechanisms, as well as decentralized, participativedecision-making venues rule the day? And where does climate change fit in all this?This course will engage questions related to environmental and natural resources policy andpolitics in the United States. The class is grounded in the premise that because institutions arehumanly devised constraints that shape human interaction, the way institutions are designed willstrongly influence the interaction between people and the natural environment. Of primaryconcern is the capacity of current institutions--political, policy and administrative--for managingthe natural environment. How do such institutions connect people to their natural environment?How do our current institutions work and what has been their influence on environmental/naturalresource policy? Can we actually get to sustainable management of the natural environment?By the end of this course, students should have a critical appreciation for the changing state ofaffirs in natural resource governance, the new governance institutions employed to manage thenatural environment, the key debates in this particular policy arena, including an extended lookat climate change policy and potential tools to deal with this phenomenon.***ALL students should go to the Blackboard course space to view the writtendescriptions of the learning modules and assignments.Required Books Vig & Kraft (2012). American Environmental Politics. CQ Press.Judith Layzer. 2012. The Environmental Case. MIT Press.Kerry Emmanuel. 2012. Climate Change. (a very brief, very clear explanation ofthis complex topic). MIT Press. other readings sprinkled throughout the course class-by-class. Assignment and Grading OverviewPlease go to Grade Center w/in this course's Blackboard space and click on Grade Schema tosee what percentages are associated with which grades of A, B, C, etc. For example, As areawarded for scores b/w 93 and 98%, while a B ranges b/w 87.5% and 90%, and so on. TheGrade Schema gives you all the details on this.For undergraduates this course has a series of grades totaling 500 points in all. Graduatestudents will do more work and will be scored on a 640 point total grade basis. As per usual,those assignments with a smaller point count mean less work, while those with more pointsmean more. And as you will see, the Final Exam (for undergrads only) and the paper

2assignments carry the most weight. But you will also receive credit for Attendance andParticipation, each will be worth 2.5% of the total course grade (or 25 points each). Theattendance policy can be viewed at its own individual link in this Syllabus and Learning Modulessection.All assignments and their due dates are noted within the individual Learning Modules, and thegrade weights and due dates for each assignment are also noted within the My Grades on acolumn-by-column basis. To see the details of the actual assignments go to the "Assignments"link in this course space.Please note that you will engage many different smaller assignments throughout this course andwill then have a final exam that covers the last half or so of the course (specifics will bedetermined later in the quarter, but it will not be a comprehensive final). The good news is thatthere is only one exam for undergrads and no final exam for graduate students. However,as you will see, the graduate students are not being cut any slack, they will end up withadditional opportunities to apply their higher level thinking skills by writing a major researchpaper, completing a team-based climate change policy paper, and writing reviews of majorresearch pieces (all these are over and above the undergraduate assignments).And please keep in perspective the amount of reading required for this course. Especially whenyou get to the climate change part of the course you will see what seem to be a gazillionreadings.there are a gazillion readings here, but more importantly many of them areonly a few pages long because they are op-eds, letters to the editor, and other press accounts,not full blown research articles/book chapters.This is going to be a great class. We're going to have fun.PS 475 Grade Weights & AssignmentsAttendance25 pointsParticipation25 pointsPolicy Values25 pointsCongressional Gridlock10 pointsState Env Policy20American Env Mvmts25Rural v. Urban10Wicked Problems45Sustainability45Urban Sprawl45Spotted Owls25Inconvenient Truth Movie 15CC Policy PaperN/APrecautionary Princ. Paper 85Research PaperN/ACritical Review PiecesN/AFINAL EXAM (take home) 100Due DateN/AN/ASept. 27Oct. 2Oct. 9Oct 11Oct 11Oct 17Oct 30Nov 1Nov 6Nov 20Nov 20Nov 27Dec. 5vary/TBDDec 5PS 575 Grade Weights & N/A90 pointsSame185 points90 pointsN/AAttendance PolicyWe all know that attendance is important. Showing up, whether it is in university courses or life, more generally, istypcially half the battle when it comes to success. I expect students to be here every class period. Having said that Ialso know that on occasion life can get in the way. This is why the attendance policy gives everyone two "freebie"misses. I do not need to hear why you missed. However, there are penalties for missing more than two classesduring the quarter.

30 - 2 misses 100%, or all 25 attendance points3-4 misses 60%, or just 15 of the possible 25 attendance pointsMore than 4 misses 0%, or zero of the possible 25 attendance pointsLate Policies for AssignmentsWe will have two late policies in this course.1) For any and all papers (connoted as such in Assignments)Late policy: same day, but later than the beginning of class 5% penalty (1/2 grade)Day 2 by 4 PM 15% penaltyDay 3 by 4 PM 30% penaltyPapers turned in after DAY 3 at 4 PM will receive zero credit.2) for assignments other than papers.you will get one "freebie," which means you can turnin one assignment late, but no later than 48 hours after it is due. All other assignments must be turned inon time in order to get credit--no excuses. The exception to this rule is the final exam. It must be turnedin on time (i.e., late means a zero score).Students with DisabilitiesAccommodations are collaborative efforts b/w students , faculty and Services for Students w/Disabilities (SSD). Students with accommodations approved through SSD are responsbile forcontacting me prior to or during the first week of the term to discuss accommodations. Studentswho believe they are eligible for accommodations, but have not yet obtained approval throughSSD should contact SSD immediately at 541-737-4098.Cheating Policies for All StudentsAcademic dishonesty is "an intentional act of deception in which a student seeks to claim creditfor the work or effort of another person and uses unauthorized materials or fabricatedinformation in any academic work." Academic dishonesty includes activities such as cheating(e.g., in-class exams, take home exams, etc.), fabrication, assisting another student to commitan act of academic dishonesty, tampering with professors' comments and/or grades, andplagiarism (representing and using another person's ideas, writings, and work as one's own). Ifyou engage in such behavior, I will give you a zero on the assignment and submit the relevantpaperwork on your case to the appropriate university committee.For more on OSU's philosophy and policies regarding student conduct, ek 1: Overview & Env Policy Background

4*Students are expected to do all assigned readings prior to class. So for Class #1 on Tuesday, Sept.25th.yes, you should have read Vig and Kraft Chapter 1. For Class #2, you need to read Layzer andSteel pieces before you see me on Thursday.and so on throughout the course.Tuesday, September 25: Course Overview Background on EnvironmentalPolicymakingVig and Kraft. 2013. Chapter 1.Thursday, September 27: Background on Environmental Policymaking(continued)Layzer, Chapter 1Steel, Brent, "An Introduction to Natural Resource Policy and the Environment:Changing Paradigms and Values." (see attached)***Make sure you do the assignment for today. It is due before class starts. See thefirst assignment under the Assignments link.Weeks 2 & 3: American Govt.--The Big PictureTuesday, October 2: Seeing the Big Political Picture: The Basics of AmericanGovernment (Separate institutions sharing power; checks and balances)Read Vig & Kraft, Chapter 4 (Presidency)Read Vig & Kraft, Chapter 5 (Congress)Economist. 2012. “Greendex: Green, Grow or Guilt?” Can be found at: 07/greendexThursday, October 4: The Courts & BureaucracyVig and Kraft, Chapter 6 (courts)Vig and Kraft, Chapter 7 ( the EPA)Tuesday, October 9: Federalism/State Governments RoleVig and Kraft, Chapter 2 (State governments)

5Thursday, October 11: Translating Politics into EnvironmentalMovementsWeber. 2000. "A New Vanguard for the Environment? ." Society and Natural 80/089419200279081 I had difficulty getting the download to work, so ifyou have the same problem then just grab the article from the attachment above.Brunson, Mark, and Bruce Shindler and Brent Steel, "Rural versus Urban Differences in Natural ResourceManagement Preferences."**Make sure you log into the Assignments page while doing these readings. You need to complete two shortexercises prior to class today.Wks 4 & 5: Changing Problems & Changing ApproachesTuesday, October 16: The Changing Character of Problems .fromSimple to ComplexNO READINGThursday, October 18: Changing Our Approach:Collaboratives/Integrated PolicyVig and Kraft, Chapter 8Tuesday, October 23: Changing Our Approach: Using Markets to Fightthe BattleVig and Kraft, CH 9Layzer, Chapter 14Whitworth, Joe. 2012. "Water Quality Trading addresses freshwater problems with economic, environmental unity,"The Oregonian (August 12/08/water quality trading addresse.htmlJoe Whitworth. 2012. (TED lecture/video) "Rivers are not supposed to burn."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v jBzuV2d 8DE--this TED lecture/video will be shown in class (14 minutes)Weeks 5 & 6: Ecosystem Mgmt & SustainabilityThursday, October 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 30: Ecosystem Mgmt &SustainabilityLayzer, Chapter 15, Ecosystem ManagementVig and Kraft, Chapter 10 “Toward Sustainable Production”Vig and Kraft, Chapter 14 “China’s Quest for a Green Economy.”

6Douglas Brown. 2012. “Community Supported Agriculture spreads deep roots inthe Front Range as area farmers cultivate new clients,” The DenverPost(July 4).http://www.denverpost.com/coloradosunday/ci ep-roots-front-range?WATCH Portlandia video in class on Eating Local.If youwant to watch before class (it's just a few minutes), you can find itat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v l2LBICPEK6wEconomist. 2012. “Green Growth: Shoots, Greens and Leaves,” (June 14): 68-70.http://www.economist.com/node/21556904Week 6: Controlling Urban SprawlThursday, November 1: Controlling Urban Sprawl?– Layzer, Chapter 16, Growth Management in Portland, OR***There is an essay due today prior to class. See Assignments section under Urban Sprawl & PortlandWeek 7: Forestry & Spotted OwlsTuesday, November 6: Forestry and endangered species– Layzer, Chapter 7, Spotted Owl caseWeeks 7, 8, 9 & 10: Climate Change, Energy, etc.Thursday, November 8: Introduction to Climate Change: The Issue, Causes &Expected EffectsKerry Emmanuel book. 2012. Read all.Economist. 2012. The Vanishing North: What the melting of the Arctic means for trade, energy and the environment.A Special Report (June 16): 14 pp. You can find this at: http://www.economist.com/node/21556921TED Talk. 2012. "James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change."http://www.ted.com/talks/james hansen why i must speak out about climate change.html(shown in class.)Tom Yulsman. 2012. “Western Fires: Payback Time?” The Daily Climate (June 29). ildfire-deficitJuliet Eilperin. 2012. “ Global warming no longer Americans’ top environmental concern, poll finds,” Washington Post(July 7) ental-concern-poll-finds/2012/07/02/gJQAs9IHJW story.html

7Brett Israel. 2012. "Generation X on Climate Change: Meh." The Daily Climate (June /07/gen-x-climate-attitudeKrupp, Fred. 2012. "ANew Climate-Change Consensus," Wall Street Journal (August 6).(see attachment)A response to Krupp's op-ed by Cohen (American Physical Society), Happer(Princeton), and Lindzen (MIT). (see attachment)Matt Ridley (the former Science editor for the Economist). 2012. Writing at Wired.com(August 17): "The Lukewarmers in the debate over climate change." (see attachment)Tuesday, November 13: Assumptions and “General” Policy Approaches to CCEd Weber. 2008. Political Science article (in brief) )see attachment)Goldstein, Lorrie. 2012. "Green 'drivel" exposed: The godfather of global warming lowers the boom on the CC hysteria,"The Toronto Sun (June 23) (this is the James Lovelock dissent piece in attachment above).David Rose. 2011. “Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong accused of hiding truth bycolleague,” The Daily Mail (UK) (October 30). t7kPO2Thursday, November 15: The Case For and Against Renewable EnergiesLayzer, CH 11, Wind energy & siting issuesTED Talk (video). 2007. “John Doerr sees salvation and profit in greentech.”http://www.ted.com/talks/john doerr sees salvation and profit in greentech.html (shown inclass.) (Doerr is a legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist)Tucker, William. 2008. "Terrestrial Energy," in W. Tucker Terrestrial Energy. Washington, D.C.: Bartleby Press: pp.28 - 39 (see attachment)Morriss, Andrew, William Bogart, Andrew Dorchack, and Roger Meiners. 2009. The 7 Myths about Green Jobs,"PERC Policy Series (No. 44): 33 pp. (see attachment/ PDF file)Sickinger, Ted. 2012. "Wave Energy test up and running on the Oregon coast," Oregonian (Sept. /2012/09/wave energy test up and runnin.htmlRael Jean Isaac. 2012. “Europe’s Green Energy Suicide,” Wall Street Journal (June 6): A15. (see attachment)Tuesday, November 20: Policy Solutions: Which One is Best? Carbontax? Feed-in tariffs? Emissions trading? Increased use of alternatives tofossil fuels? Subsidies to change consumer habits? Or ?--Readings TBD.Thursday, November 22; THANKSGIVING DAY

8Tuesday, November 27: CC & Energy Policy: The Keystone XL Pipeline& ANWRSteven Mufson. 2012. “Keystone XL pipeline expansion driven by oil-rich tar sands in Alberta,” Washington Post(June 30): A1 sands-in-alberta/2012/06/30/gJQAVe4ZEW story.htmlSteven Mufson. 2012. “Keystone XL Pipeline Would Add Link in US-Canada Trade Relations,” Washington Post (July6): A1 derelations/2012/07/06/gJQAxcrtRW story.html)Layzer, Chapter 5, "Oil versus Wilderness" (ANWR debate)Thursday, November 29: In the Larger Scheme of Things, How Important isClimate Change?– Lomborg TED video, "Global Priorities Beyond Climate Change" (approx. 18 minutes)http://www.ted.com/talks/bjorn lomborg sets global priorities.html– Bjorn Lomborg. 2012. “Feel Good Environmentalism at the U.N.” Wall Street Journal, (June 22): A13. (seeattachment)

American Environmental Politics. CQ Press. Judith Layzer. 2012. The Environmental Case. MIT Press. Kerry Emmanuel. 2012. Climate Change. (a very brief, very clear explanation of this complex topic). MIT Press. other readings sprinkled throughout the course class-by-class. Assignment and Grading Overview