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

Greed and Genius — Not Obama Plan — Led to Coal’s Decline

By Patrick J. Michaels. CNN.com. March 30, 2017.

Fixing the Endangered Species Act

By Randal O’Toole. SouthCoastToday.com. March 27, 2017.

Regulation without Results

By Peter Van Doren. U.S. News & World Report (Online). March 27, 2017.

Cato Studies

The Case Against a U.S. Carbon Tax

By Robert P. Murphy, Patrick J. Michaels, and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Policy Analysis No. 801. October 17, 2016.

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.

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

Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA

By Mark DeLaquil, Andrew M. Grossman, Joseph T. Nawrocki, & Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. November 25, 2016.

Public Comments on Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-In Cooler and Freezer Refrigeration Systems

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. November 17, 2016.

Comments on Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Public Comments. November 17, 2016.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Regulatory Budgets

Richard A. Williams. Regulation. Spring 2017.

A More Optimistic View

David R. Henderson. Regulation. Spring 2017.

Regulation at 40

Peter Van Doren and Thomas A. Firey. Regulation. Spring 2017.

Events

Trump’s Energy Policy: Promise or Peril?

Featuring Robert L. Bradley Jr., Adele Morris, Catrina Rorke, & Peter Russo. February 22, 2017. Policy Forum.

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.

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. March 2016.