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Flaws in the Economic Analysis of California’s AB 32 Scoping Plan

On Friday, October 3, the California Air Resources Board is scheduled to formally release its Scoping Plan pursuant to AB 32, the “California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.” AB 32 calls for the state of California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. One of the primary means to achieve […]

EPA Staff’s Attempt to Regulate Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act

Explaining EPA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Greenhouse Gases

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that is it well on its way to regulating at least 85 percent of the energy used in America in the name of global warming (nevermind the fact that […]

IER Economist Murphy Takes on Nordhaus’ Case for a Carbon Tax

IER’s economist, Robert Murphy, takes on Nordhaus’ dubious case for a carbon tax with Rolling the Dice. The Murphy study is currently under submission at a peer-reviewed economics journal.

IER Rebuttal to Boucher White Paper


The most recent Climate Change Design White Paper aims to: “[Sort] out the appropriate roles of each level of government [federal, state, tribal, and local] in addressing climate change….” For purposes of discussion,[…]

Oil and Gas Industry Investments in Alternative Energy, Frontier Hydrocarbons, and Advanced End-Use Technologies

by Roger Donway, Thomas Tanton and Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

The energy challenge over the next several decades and beyond is to meet ever-growing demand with affordable, reliable supply, while ensuring environmental protection and quality. Recent years have witnessed historically high energy prices, a consequence of which has been a slate of new investments in alternative […]

From the Blog


The Costs of Regulating CO2 Under the Clean Air Act

In July, the Environmental Protection Agency announced an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.[1] This is likely the largest, most far-reaching regulation ever.
The threshold test for EPA to move forward with this far-reaching regulation is whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases “endanger human health and […]

How Credible is Stern’s Testimony About the Costs of Global Warming?

When the Boxer-Lieberman-Warner global warming bill was debated on the floor of the Senate June 2nd to June 6th, one thing became clear—the costs of cap and trade style greenhouse gas regulation were enormous. Almost all serious economic analyses agree on this central point.

Despite their defeat in the Senate, the supporters […]

Will it Cost $45 Trillion or $545 Trillion to Reduce CO2 Levels by Half

Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Energy Technologies Report . In the report, IEA estimated that cutting carbon dioxide levels in half by 2050 would cost $45 trillion. While reports like this are always based on a number of assumptions, one very important assumption in this case is the amount of “spontaneous […]

Cap & Trade Is Not A Market Solution

As the U.S. Senate debates climate change legislation this week, many have proclaimed the virtue of its “cap and trade” system as a “market solution” to reducing carbon emissions. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Unlike a direct tax, cap and trade is a European-style scheme that masks its negative consequences […]

Cap & Trade Rhetoric: Up is Down, Taxes Create Jobs, Less Growth is Good Growth

In her weekly radio address on Saturday, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) urged support for the carbon “cap and trade” bill (S. 2191, the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act), on which the Senate begins debate today. She urges support, not only on the basis that it’s needed to save the Earth as we know […]

Scared to Death About Global Warming?

With politicians debating legislation in the name of stopping global warming, it is imperative that the public read Scared to Death: From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares Are Costing us the Earth.

For a limited time, Scared to Death’s chapter on global warming can be downloaded and read by clicking here: Scared to Death: Saving the Planet. […]

IER in the News: Bush prepares global warming initiative

Bush prepares global warming initiative

April 14, 2008

By Stephen Dinan – President Bush is poised to change course and announce as early as this week that he wants Congress to pass a bill to combat global warming, and will lay out principles for what that should include.

Specifics of the policy are still being fiercely debated, but […]

Critics question clean coal

The storing of CO2 gases in an underground gas reservoir is being questioned by the National Generations Forum. John Boshier says, “With 80 per cent of Australia’s generation from coal, that means we have to find carbon capture and storage sites for most of that,”

“That’s 200 million tonnes of carbon dioxide at the moment, rising […]

Press Releases


“From Frisbees to Flatulence”

The Institute for Energy Research (IER) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on carbon. IER Director of State Affairs Dan Simmons issued the following statement:[…]

U.S. Senate Punts Boxer-Lieberman-Warner Bill

Thomas Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research (IER), issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate’s cloture vote on the Boxer-Lieberman-Warner climate change legislation. Forty-eight Senators voted to halt debate on the bill. […]

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