Environmental Protection Lessons from Ronald Reagan: 'Trust but Verify'

Cass R. Sunstein is a professor at the Harvard Law School and a former administrator of the Obama White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  His op-ed in the NY Times (Nov 11, 2012) tells us that a cost-benefit analysis convinced President Reagan of the value of the 1987 Montreal Protocol (to control substances that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer).  Sunstein then admonishes Republican lawmakers to apply Reagan's lesson to global warming and CO2.  But he seems to have forgotten his own published paper "Of Montreal and Kyoto: A Tale of two Protocols" (Harvard Environmental Law Rev 2007) in which he quite clearly explained why Kyoto does not work, one reason being that costs are huge and benefits small.  But even Sunstein's historical account is challenged in a guest post by Reiner Grundmann, a professor of Science & Technology Studies at the University of Nottingham. According to Sunstein, Reagan evidently trusted and accepted the...(Read Full Article)

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