For carbon restrictions to be justified, each link in a long chain of assumptions about science and public policy must hold true. Critics of global-warming activism have focused too much on claims related to the causes of climate change, and too little on claims about the net harm to human populations, the net benefits of restricting emissions, and government’s ability to solve problems.

James L. Payne is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of Lytton Research and Analysis.
Climate ChangeEnergy and the EnvironmentEnvironmental Law and RegulationGovernment and PoliticsPolitical HistoryScience and Public Policy
Other Independent Review articles by James L. Payne
Winter 2017/18 The Government Nobody Knows—nor Wants to Know
Summer 2016 Government Fails, Long Live Government! The Rise of “Failurism”
Fall 2012 The Trend of War in the World: Evidence from the Arab-Israeli Dispute
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