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Russ Harding

Senior Fellow in Environmental and Regulatory Policy

Russ Harding is the senior fellow in environmental and regulatory policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He previously served as senior environmental analyst and was director of the Center's Property Rights Network. 

From 1995 through 2002, Harding served as director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, having previously held senior management posts in environmental and natural resources departments in Arizona, Alaska and Missouri. Before joining the Center, Harding was senior director for environment and energy affairs with Scofes, Kindsvatter & Associates, a consulting firm.

Less Government for Christmas

Fluoridation of Water Not a Cut and Dried Matter

MichiganScience is a Mackinac Center quarterly magazine that helps meet the need for accurate and accessible information about the increasingly complex scientific issues confronting voters and lawmakers. The magazine reflects the idea that even the most technical scientific policy issues can be discussed with lively prose and compelling visuals. … more

Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic Fracturing

MichiganScience is a Mackinac Center quarterly magazine that helps meet the need for accurate and accessible information about the increasingly complex scientific issues confronting voters and lawmakers. The magazine reflects the idea that even the most technical scientific policy issues can be discussed with lively prose and compelling visuals. … more

Just the Facts

MichiganScience is a Mackinac Center quarterly magazine that helps meet the need for accurate and accessible information about the increasingly complex scientific issues confronting voters and lawmakers. The magazine reflects the idea that even the most technical scientific policy issues can be discussed with lively prose and compelling visuals. … more

Natural Resources Trust Fund Needs a Makeover

The EPA’s War on Energy

Russ Harding on WJRW

Analysis: Hydraulic Fracturing the Key to Michigan’s Energy Future

Analysis: Michigan Should Reject High-Speed Rail Money

Hydraulic Fracturing the Key to Michigan’s Energy Future

Natural Resources the Key to Energy Security

United States No Longer Among Top Nations in Protecting Private Property Rights

Genesee County Land Bank Threatens Private Property Rights

Do We Really Own Property or Just Rent it From the Government?

East Lansing Should Look to China on Property Rights

Analysis: Slaves to Green Ideology

Analysis: State Park Campground Additions a Bad Idea

Analysis: Cool Cities Are Not So Cool When You Don't Have a Job

Analysis: Low-Carbon Fuel Standard a Gift to Ethanol Lobby

Analysis: Genesee County Land Bank Threatens Private Property Rights

Analysis: United States No Longer Among Top Nations in Protecting Private Property Rights

Derailed: Michigan Should Heed Greece's Experience With Light Rail

Analysis: Michigan Needs Regulatory Certainty

Analysis: Gulf Moratorium Similar to Directional Drilling Ban

Analysis: Politics Trumps Science on Great Lakes Drilling

Do We Really Own Property or Just Rent it From the Government?

Analysis: East Lansing Should Look to China on Property Rights

Analysis: State's Decision to Deny Wolverine Power Plant Smacks of a Double Standard

Analysis: Great Lakes Wind Development Too Risky

Analysis: Time to Abandon Midwest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord

Newspaper Death Act

Dam the Beavers

Public Ownership Violates Property Rights

DNRE Applying Double Standard in Detroit Asbestos Violation

It is disturbing that Detroit City officials and its contractors would flagrantly disregard well-known environmental laws regarding the removal of asbestos. It is more disturbing that state environmental regulatory officials seem to be applying different enforcement standards to government agencies and the private sector. … more

Pledging Regulatory Reform

Home Invasion

Public Trust Should Not Be Trusted

Document What Government Officials Tell You

A Growing Disaster

Ballot Proposal Is About Mining, not Water

Public Trust Should Not Be Trusted