We are convinced that climate change is real, that it is caused by human activity, and that it poses significant risk. We acknowledge that global warming can produce a wide range of possible outcomes—ranging from modest to catastrophic—but we believe that any reasonable risk management exercise points toward immediate decarbonization as the optimal response.
We educate policy actors about climate science and directly confront climate skeptics; encourage Republicans to use regulatory authority to address greenhouse gas emissions efficiently (at least, until better policy responses are adopted); initiate legal action to compel responses to climate risks; defend property rights from fossil-fuel infrastructure and eminent-domain claims; and, above all, promote carbon taxation as the best federal response to climate risk, in that it maximizes individuals’ and companies’ ability to use trial and error to efficiently reduce carbon emissions.
Our team of energy and environmental policy experts includes academics, thought leaders, lawyers, and seasoned politicos. We provide frequent commentary from a free market, climate realist perspective. We track and explain the research on climate science as part of a stand-alone project, Climate Unplugged.
Last week, the Niskanen Center filed comments with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (“FERC”) about the Commission’s more egregious efforts to prevent property owners from trying to stop pipeline companies from taking their land.