Re: AltInst: Marketable Wetlands

From: George L. O'Brien <>
Date: Sun May 17 1998 - 15:14:01 PDT

At 05:10 PM 5/14/98 -0700, you wrote:
>George L. O'Brien replies:
>>>>Permit wetlands owners to sell annual wetlands-support coupons,
>>>>based upon the size of the property and its suitability as a
>>>>nursery habitat.

Robin Hansen stated:
>In order to decide how much of a discount a shrimper gets on their
>fishing license, you have to assign a value to the coupons for each
>wetlands. This requires exactly the same level of central planning,
>beureacracy, potential for gaming, and budgetary conflict. As you've
>described them, coupons are just different way to move the money around,
>not a different way to decide what is worth how much.
My reading of this was that the owner of the property sells the coupons
rather than a central government planning agency. Are we discussing the
same thing?

George L. O'Brien

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