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Ben Lieberman

Ben Lieberman, a specialist in energy and environmental issues, is a senior policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation's Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies.

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No global warming bill likely in 2010

That global warming legislation is all economic pain for little if any environmental gain is well understood by the American public.

By Ben Lieberman | April 29, 2010; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Declaring indpendence from energy independence mindset

Energy Independence is a mixed bag -- both good and bad energy policy ideas are promoted under its banner. The bad outweighs the good, and in any event energy independence shouldn't supplant free markets as the overarching principle for sound energy policy.

By Ben Lieberman | April 2, 2010; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (8)

CCS: More trouble than it's worth

With global warming looking more and more like an over-hyped threat, we need to be extra careful about solutions to it that are more trouble than they are worth. So it is with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

By Ben Lieberman | March 26, 2010; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (8)

Congress should do the right thing -- nothing

The same ethical advice for doctors also makes sense for Congress as it considers several pending global warming bills -- first do no harm.

By Ben Lieberman | March 5, 2010; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (19)

Avoid solutions worse than the problem

Any risks of global warming need to be weighed against the risks of global warming policies. Policymakers must have accurate information on both sides of the equation in order to avoid measures that do more harm than good.

By Ben Lieberman | February 19, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (13)

Rapidly melting credibility

You can't call them isolated incidents now that they are coming in droves. It is clear that global warming science has been hijacked by a subset of researchers who have crossed the line into advocacy and alarmism.

By Ben Lieberman | January 29, 2010; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (42)

Cold spell doesn't undercut climate crisis -- but other things do

Turnabout is fair play for activists who insist that a single event like the current cold snap doesn't disprove global warming. They're right that it doesn't, but neither does a summer heat wave prove it -- yet this has not stopped proponents of doom from hyping each one.

By Ben Lieberman | January 13, 2010; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (9)

Copenhagen a step backwards -- toward reality

To fully appreciate what a step backwards the final Copenhagen accord is, one has to recall the buildup to it. For the last two years, global warming activists and UN officials had circled December 2009 on their calendars as the watershed moment for creating a new carbon-constrained global economy for decades to come.

By Ben Lieberman | January 4, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Poor nations have better things to worry about

As a first-time observer at a UN climate change conference, one thing that stands out here in Copenhagen is just how many delegates come from nations that ought to have far higher priorities than dealing with global warming.

By Ben Lieberman | December 15, 2009; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (2)

The threat of bad regulations doesn't make a bad treaty any better

It says a lot that the only global warming policy with legs right now is the one least subject to public accountability.

By Ben Lieberman | December 9, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (8)

Reality check on China

It is time for a reality check on China before the American delegation puts its own proposal on the table in Denmark. The reality is that China's carbon dioxide emissions will continue heading sharply upward.

By Ben Lieberman | December 1, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delay could - and should - kill problematic global warming treaty

The December Copenhagen conference is shaping up to be something less than the history-making event its organizers intended. Gone is the expectation that participants will extend and expand the provisions of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Instead, it is looking more...

By Ben Lieberman | November 19, 2009; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

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