Climate Change

Climate Change

Climate Change Overview

Climate change and energy use are inextricably linked because carbon dioxide is an unavoidable outcome of the combustion of fossil fuels. Legislation that regulates carbon dioxide will have large implications for energy use in the United States because we rely on fossil fuels for nearly 85 percent of our energy needs. IER has written an overview of the politics and policy of climate change.

Climate Change Studies

  • IER economist Robert Murphy takes on William Nordhaus’ dubious case for a carbon tax with Rolling the Dice . The Murphy study is currently under submission at a peer-reviewed economics journal.
  • A number of different studies have been conducted on costs of the Lieberman-Warner climate change legislation.  We have complied all of those studies here including a clickable map which shows the costs per state of the legislation.
  • Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality released a series of Climate Change White Papers. IER has written a rebuttal to Mr. Boucher.
  • To gauge American’s opinions on climate change, IER commissioned a nationwide poll. The poll results can be found here.