An Endorsement from the Policy Police

Peter Bosshard

As a public service in this age of information overflow, the Policy Police has just published a list of Top 50 Public Policy Bloggers. And right there in the policy stratosphere, among shining lights such as Paul Krugman, the Daily Kos and Politico, ranks my own humble policy blog. “If you are interested in environmental public policy on a global scale, Peter Bosshard’s blog is the way to go,” the Policy Police recommends.

The endorsement is flattering if arbitrary. But as they say, we won’t look a gift horse in the mouth. I have worked to strengthen environmental standards around the world for more than 20 years. And being fairly opinionated, I enjoy a blogger’s freedom to comment on global environmental affairs from an independent perspective. You will see that water and energy policy, human rights, the role of financial institutions and China’s emerging role have caught my attention again and again.

If you scroll through my blog, you will find sober updates from a Swiss policy wonk and occasional nuggets from the crazier corners of my mind. The topics range from China’s role as a global dam builder to James Cameron’s Avatar and a phone call from the US Treasury Secretary. My posts tend to be longer than what the spin masters of the blogosphere typically recommend. But your patience will often be rewarded if you appreciate a good animal metaphor.

Happy reading and stay tuned!

Peter Bosshard is the policy director of International Rivers. He blogs at