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 2014, Taylor was a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, where he previously espoused a skeptical position on environmental issues. Taylor's case is a prominent 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. 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." 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.
Taylor attended the University of Iowa as a political science major. He is also a board game designer who has released three wargames, Hammer of the Scots, Crusader Rex, and Richard III.
- Lerner, Sharon. "How a Professional Climate Change Denier Discovered the Lies and Decided to Fight for Science", The Intercept, April 28, 2017
- Taylor, Jerry. "The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax", Niskanen Center, March 23, 2015
- Jerry Taylor, BoardGameGeek, accessed April 30, 2017
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