Little Green Lies - Professor Jeff Bennett


jeffbennettDrawing on his recently published book Little Green Lies (Connor Court Publishing), at this event Professor Jeff Bennett will review a range of green propositions and their associated environmental policies and subject them to an analysis of their broader impacts. He will show how seemingly sensible ideas to help save the planet can be harmful to society’s best interests. To explain the political success of these ideas, Professor Bennett explores some unlikely coalitions between green interests and those seeking financial rewards from government policy.

The promotion of environmental policy initiatives by green interests is often based on a blinkered view of the world. Concepts such as ‘peak oil’, ‘virtual water’, ‘ecological footprint’ and the ‘precautionary principle’ are used to justify policies such as the payment of subsidies for renewable energy production and investments in water saving devices, restrictions to trade and other ‘anti-growth’ measures However, these notions frequently ignore the bigger picture that includes negative economic, social and even environmental impacts.

Jeff Bennett is professor in the Crawford School of Public policy at the Australian National University. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He has published over 100 papers in refereed journals and a dozen books on topics across the fields of agricultural, natural resource and environmental economics. Jeff is a member of the academic advisory panel for the CIS.

Copies of Little Green Lies will be available for sale at the event.