Global warming is indeed real, and human activity has been a contributor since 1975. But global warming is also a very complicated and difficult issue that can provoke very unwise policy in response to political pressure. Although there are many different legislative proposals for substantial reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, there is no operational or tested suite of technologies that can accomplish the goals of such legislation.

Fortunately, and contrary to much of the rhetoric surrounding climate change, there is ample time to develop such technologies, which will require substantial capital investment by individuals.

More on Global Warming

Commentary

Take a Look at the New ‘Consensus’ on Global Warming

By Michael Bastasch and Ryan Maue. Daily Caller. June 21, 2017.

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

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

While Environmentalists Celebrate ‘Earth Hour,’ They Should Thank Fracking for Lowering Emissions

By Chelsea Follett. Washington Examiner. March 25, 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.

Climate Models and Climate Reality: A Closer Look at a Lukewarming World

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. Working Paper No. 35. December 15, 2015.

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.

Articles

Quantifying the Lack of Consistency between Climate Model Projections and Observations of the Evolution of the Earth’s Average Surface Temperature since the Mid-20th Century

Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger. AGU Fall Meeting. December 18, 2014.

Climate Change, Heat Waves, and Adaptation

Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels. AGU Science Policy Conference. June 17, 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

Mann v. National Review

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Thomas Berry. Legal Briefs. January 19, 2017.

Pitfalls of Unilateral Negotiations at the Paris Climate Change Conference

By Andrew M. Grossman. Testimony. December 1, 2015.

An Analysis of the Obama Administration’s Social Cost of Carbon

By Patrick J. Michaels. Testimony. July 22, 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Global Warming and Climate Change

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

The Limits of Knowledge and the Climate Change Debate

Brian J. L. Berry, Jayshree Bihari, and Euel W. Elliott. Cato Journal. Fall 2016.

Helping Low-Latitude, Poor Countries with Climate Change

S. Niggol Seo. Regulation. Winter 2015-2016.

Events

Trump’s Energy Policy: Promise or Peril?

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

Ask a Climatologist: A Preface to Paris

Featuring Patrick J. Michaels, Joseph Verruni, and Peter Russo. November 6, 2015. 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.