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Jerry Taylor is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank, and a climate change mitigation skeptic.
Taylor said he opposes government action to mitigate climate change and believes "adaptation is a cheaper and more effective way to reduce the damages associated with anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Mitigation will likely do more harm to human well-being than good."
Taylor reportedly attended the University of Iowa, majoring in political science.
A biographical note on Cato's website states that Taylor has "served on several congressional advisory bodies and has testified frequently on Capitol Hill regarding various energy and environmental policy matters. He is the author or coauthor of numerous Cato policy studies addressing energy taxes, the oil market, electricity regulation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development, and trade and the environment. He has also contributed to several anthologies, including The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (2007), Energy & American Society – 13 Myths (2007), The Republican Revolution 10 Years Later (2005), Earth Report 2000 (2000), China as a Global Economic Power (1997), and Market Liberalism (1993)."
Also, "Taylor is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics and has refereed articles for their publication, The Energy Journal. His is also an adjunct scholar at the Institute for Energy Research."
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Jerry Taylor spoke at the 2001 ALEC Task Force Meeting in New York, NY on August 3, 2001.
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Exchange with Michael Tobis
- Michael Tobis (2007-12-10). The only way to a soft landing is down. Grist. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
- Jerry Taylor (2007-12-12). Cato’s Jerry Taylor responds to Michael Tobis. Grist. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
- Michael Tobis (2007-12-12). Cato Dude Replies. Only In It For The Gold. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
Exchange re Cato ad; libertarians and climate change
- Jerry Taylor (2009-04-02). Libertarians & Climate Change. National Review Online. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
- An excellent rejoinder: Julian Sanchez (2009-04-06). Climate Change and Argumentative Fallacies. Julian Sanchez. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
- "We’re accustomed to calling the “argument from authority” a fallacy, but in fact, that’s what the vast majority of us have to go on most of the time. Provided you ensure that authority’s authority actually applies to the field in question, it’s as good a strategy as any. ..."
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