Science can inform individual preferences but cannot resolve environmental conflicts. Environmental goods and services, to the greatest extent possible, should be treated like other goods and services in the marketplace. People should be free to secure their preferences about the consumption of environmental goods such as clean air or clean water regardless of whether some scientists think such preferences are legitimate or not. Likewise, people should be free, to the greatest extent possible, to make decisions consistent with their own risk tolerances regardless of scientific or even public opinion.

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Commentary

Centrally Planned Energy: Bad for the Economy, Bad for the Environment

By Jason Scott Johnston. The National Interest (Online). April 21, 2016.

Save the Polar Bears? They’re Fine, Actually

By Patrick J. Michaels. Huffington Post. April 21, 2016.

Climate Change: Obama Is Making Promises He Can’t Keep

By Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Newsweek. April 19, 2016.

Cato Studies

The Case against a Carbon Tax

By Robert P. Murphy, Patrick J. Michaels, and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Working Paper No. 33. September 4, 2015.

Is the Government Buying Science or Support? A Framework Analysis of Federal Funding-induced Biases

By David E. Wojick and Patrick J. Michaels. Working Paper No. 29. April 30, 2015.

Reducing Livability: How Sustainability Planning Threatens the American Dream

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 740. October 28, 2013.

Articles

Does EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposal Violate the States’ Sovereign Rights?

David B. Rivkin Jr., Andrew M. Grossman, and Mark DeLaquil. Engage. Vol. 16. No. 1. February 2015.

On Measuring Greenness: A New Enabling Metric, Please

Steve H. Hanke and Heinz Schimmelbusch. The Stern Stewart Institute Periodical. No. 10. June 2014.

Policy Implications of Climate Models on the Verge of Failure

Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels. Science Policy Conference of the American Geophysical Union. Summer 2013.

Public Filings

United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co.

By Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. March 1, 2016.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. October 1, 2015.

Phase 2 MDHD Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium, Heavy Duty Engines and Vehicles: Draft Environmental Impact

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. August 31, 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Disappearing Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Sofie E. Miller. Regulation. Spring 2016.

The Social Cost of Carbon

Jason Scott Johnston. Regulation. Spring 2016.

Life in the Time of Surveillance

Policy Report. January/February 2016.

Events

To Mine or Not to Mine? The Future of U.S. Mineral Resources

Featuring Ned Mamula, Patrick J. Michaels, and Peter Russo. March 24, 2016. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Preparing for Paris: What to Expect from the U.N.’s 2015 Climate Change Conference

Featuring Richard Lindzen, Terence Kealey, and Roger Pilon. October 30, 2015. Conference.

The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-First Century

Featuring Indur M. Goklany, Ronald A. Bailey, and Marian L. Tupy. July 23, 2015. Book Forum.

Speeches

Endocrine Disrupters, Politics, Pesticides,

By Peter Gordon. December 15, 1997.

Downsizing the Federal Government

A Brief History of Energy Regulations

By Peter Van Doren. February 2009.