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.

More on Environmental Regulation

Commentary

EPA Methane Regulations Are Wasted Energy

By Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels. TownHall.com. January 17, 2015.

Don’t Give in on EPA Regs

By Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. National Review (Online). January 9, 2015.

Mr. President, CO2 Is Not Pollution, It’s the Elixir of Life

By Craig D. Idso. TownHall.com. September 23, 2014.

Cato Studies

Reducing Livability: How Sustainability Planning Threatens the American Dream

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

Free Trade in Environmental Goods: The Trade Remedy Problem

By Simon Lester and K. William Watson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 54. August 19, 2013.

The Gulf Oil Spill: Lessons for Public Policy

By Richard L. Gordon (1934-2014). Policy Analysis No. 684. October 6, 2011.

Articles

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.

The Executive State Tackles Global Warming

Roger Pilon. Climate Coup: Global Warming's Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives. 2011.

Public Filings

Michigan v. EPA

By David B. Rivkin Jr., Mark DeLaquil, Andrew M. Grossman, Patrick J. Michaels, & Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. January 27, 2015.

Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. December 1, 2014.

Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Small, Large, and Very Large Air-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and Public Meeting

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. December 1, 2014.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Is The EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan Legal?

Brian H. Potts and David R. Zoppo. Regulation. Winter 2014-2015.

How Much Would the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rule Cool the Earth?

Art Fraas and Randall Lutter. Regulation. Winter 2014-2015.

Tight Budgets Constrain Some Regulatory Agencies, but Not All

Susan E. Dudley and Melinda Warren. Regulation. Fall 2014.

Events

Biotechnology: Feeding the World, or a Brave New World of Agriculture?

Featuring . June 4, 2013. Policy Forum.

A Looming Scientific Revolution in Environmental Regulation?

Featuring Patrick J. Michaels. March 21, 2013. Policy Forum.

EPA’s Shaky “Endangerment Finding”

Featuring Patrick J. Michaels. March 7, 2013. Capitol Hill Briefing.

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.