Acid Rain Economic Assessment

  • Paulette Mandelbaum
  • Carole Beal

Part of the Environmental Science Research (closed) book series (ESRH, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Welcoming Remarks

    1. Elizabeth Thorndike
      Pages 1-2
  3. Acid Rain: An International Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Ian M. Torrens
      Pages 5-17
  4. Acid Rain Science: State of the Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  5. Confronting the Assumptions and Uncertainties: Assessing Costs

  6. Confronting the Assumptions and Uncertainties: Assessing Benefits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. A. Myrick Freeman III
      Pages 95-98
    3. Paul W. MacAvoy
      Pages 99-104
  7. Efficiency and Equity: Can Acid Rain Policy Incorporate both?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Paul R. Portney
      Pages 107-114
    3. Curtis Moore
      Pages 129-130
    4. Milton Russell
      Pages 131-133
  8. Risk Assessment and Decision Criteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
  9. Decisionmaking in the Absence of Scientific Certainty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Rosina M. Bierbaum
      Pages 197-208
    3. J. William Currie, Ronald J. Moe, Ronald J. Nesse
      Pages 209-235
    4. Carl Griffith
      Pages 237-239
  10. Concluding Rermarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
  11. Dinner Speakers and Greetings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Henry G. Williams
      Pages 251-256
    3. Charles Elkins
      Pages 257-266
    4. Richard L. Trumka
      Pages 267-271
    5. Pierre Vachon
      Pages 273-275
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 277-287

About this book


This volume, Proceedings of the Conference ACID RAIN: Economic Assessment, is meant to present the areas of agreement which economists have established and the uncertainties which they have discovered in their attempts to use the methodology of economics to better understand the nature of the acid rain issue. Scientific articles about acid rain initially appeared in 1972. The public turned its attention to the issue in the mid-1970s. In April 1979, the first acid rain bill was introduced in the Senate, authored by New York's Senator Daniel P. Moynihan. The bill sought to establish a federal research program dedicated to filling the gaps in understanding of the phenomena of long-range transport of air pollutants and their environmental, health and economic impacts. 'The bill was passed into law in 1980. Since then, tens of bills have been proposed to control emissions of S02 and NO , x thought to be the precursors of acid rain. And yet, in contrast with the pattern set by the majority of environmental issues, where legislation followed very quickly on the heels of public anxiety and involvement, by July 1985 not a single federal acid rain control bill had been passed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paulette Mandelbaum
    • 1
  • Carole Beal
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering and Policy Analyses (CEPA)RochesterUSA
  2. 2.Acid Rain Information ClearinghouseRochesterUSA

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