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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The EPA Will Keep Funding the Chesapeake Bay Journal. Should It?

By Walter Olson. Washington Examiner. April 13, 2018.

Cato Studies

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By Sébastien Houde and Joseph Aldy. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 101. February 21, 2018.

A Review of the Regional Green Gas Initiative

By David T. Stevenson. Working Paper No. 45. August 10, 2017.

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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

Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Meggan DeWitt. Legal Briefs. April 30, 2018.

Comments on the Fourth National Climate Assessment

By Patrick J. Michaels. Public Comments. February 1, 2018.

Detailed Review Comments of Chapter 2 of the 4th National Climate Assessment

By Ryan Maue. Public Comments. February 1, 2018.

Cato Reviews & Journals

A Review of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

David T. Stevenson. Cato Journal. Winter 2018.

What Agency Improves Rulemaking the Most?

Sam Batkins. Regulation. Fall 2017.

The Need for Electricity Retail Market Reforms

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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.