Given the different circumstances of both communities and environmental media, it makes sense to allow those most directly affected by the pollution issue in question to decide for themselves how best to deal with it. Not only will the tradeoffs associated with differing approaches be more fully appreciated, but, given the fact that people prefer to live amidst those more like them than not, local decisionmaking will almost certainly prove less injurious to minority preferences than decisionmaking at some other level of government

More on Pollution


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

By Craig D. Idso. September 23, 2014.

The Sustainability Hoax

By Randal O’Toole. The Hill (Online). April 23, 2014.

We Can’t Save the Environment without Freedom

By Randal O’Toole. Daily Caller. April 22, 2014.

Cato Studies

The Gulf Oil Spill: Lessons for Public Policy

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

High-Speed Rail Is Not “Interstate 2.0”

By Randal O’Toole. Briefing Paper No. 113. September 9, 2009.

“Clean Tech”: Does Going Green Mean Going Red?

By Jim Harper. TechKnowledge No. 121. December 10, 2008.


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

Office of Management and Budget’s Request for Comments on the Technical Support Document Entitled Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. January 27, 2014.

Hornbeck Offshore Services v. Jewell

By Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. August 12, 2013.

Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency

By Mark Moller. Legal Briefs. October 24, 2006.

Cato Reviews & Journals

From Fisheries to the Basketball Court

Policy Report. May/June 2014.

The EPA and Risk Analysis

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The Market’s Role in Resolving Pollution

Policy Report. March/April 2014.


Overthrowing the Regulatory Paradigm for Carcinogens

Featuring Edward J. Calabrese and Patrick J. Michaels. January 28, 2014. Capitol Hill Briefing.

A Landmark Legal Challenge

Featuring Patrick J. Michaels. March 1, 2012. Policy Forum.

The Great Debate: Can Smart Growth Cost-Effectively Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Featuring Patrick J. Michaels and Randal O'Toole. December 3, 2009. Policy Forum.