Jerry Taylor

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Jerome Cogburn "Jerry" Taylor (born August 2, 1962) is an American environmental activist and policy analyst.

Taylor is the president of the Niskanen Center, a Washington, D.C. based think tank that advocates for market environmentalism and the adoption of a carbon tax system to combat global warming. Before founding the Niskanen Center in 2015, Taylor was a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, where he previously espoused a skeptical position on environmental issues.[1] Taylor's case is notable as an example of a former climate-change skeptic who came to embrace policies to address climate change after researching the scientific consensus behind man-made global warming.[2] During the 1990s and 2000s Taylor made regular media appearances as a global warming skeptic, including on Penn and Teller's show Bullshit as well as a special edition of the John Stossel show devoted to attacking climate science. Taylor changed his prior beliefs because "the scientific evidence became stronger and stronger over time."[2] In 2015, Taylor published a recantation entitled the "Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax" in which he espoused a global carbon taxation system, enforced by tariffs and implemented as a revenue neutral tax swap.[3]

Taylor attended the University of Iowa as a political science major.[citation needed] He is also a board game designer who has released three wargames, Hammer of the Scots, Crusader Rex, and Richard III.[4]

He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and their children.[citation needed]


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