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

The Greens vs. Free Trade

By K. William Watson. National Review (Online). March 5, 2014.

The Federal Government’s Permitting Process Has Hamstrung Economic Growth

By William Poole. Forbes. February 20, 2014.

Government’s Big Energy Folly

By Patrick J. Michaels. Washington Times. December 15, 2013.

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. Policy Analysis No. 684. October 6, 2011.

Articles

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.

Are Property Rights Opposed to Environmental Protection?

Roger Pilon. The Moral High Ground. October 14, 1995.

Public Filings

Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-In Coolers and Freezers; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and Public Meeting

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. November 12, 2013.

Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and Public Meeting

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. November 12, 2013.

Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Landmark Legal Foundation; Petition for Reconsideration

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. September 17, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Regressive Furnace Fans

Sofie E. Miller. Regulation. Spring 2014.

The EPA and Risk Analysis

Richard Wilson. Regulation. Spring 2014.

Learning How to Fish

Jonathan H. Adler and Nathaniel Stewart. Regulation. Spring 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.