The Cato Institute is an American libertarian think tank based in Washington DC. It presents itself as a "public policy research organisation dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited govt, free markets, and peace". Its analysts conduct research on a wide range of policy issues.
Cato was founded in 1974 by Koch Industries' chairman Charles Koch, Ed Crane and Murray Rothbard
Cato has received $millions from the Koch Network, the Mercer Family Foundation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and other foundations that oppose environmental regulations.
Center for the Study of Science
- May.29.2019: Cato closes its climate shop; Pat Michaels is out. Patrick J Michaels, a climate scientist who rejects mainstream researchers' concerns about rising temperatures, left Cato earlier this year. A spokeswoman said deactivation of the Center for the Study of Science does not represent a shift in the institute's position on human-caused climate change. Michaels has spent years attacking efforts to address climate change. He was influential in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and he helped turn the GOP away from climate policy at a time when conservatives were embracing it. Cato also is no longer affiliated with Richard Lindzen, an emeritus professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has long been critical of established climate science. Lindzen was a distinguished fellow at the think tank. It's unclear when he left Cato. Scott Waldman, E&E News.
Its aim is to "correct misperceptions regarding the state of humanity through the presentation of empirical data that focuses on long-term developments". All of the data comes from 3rd parties, including the World Bank, the OECD, Eurostat, and the United Nations.
- Oct.27.20117: The World's Poorest People Are Getting Richer Faster than Anyone Else. Alexander Hammond, Foundation for Economic Education.
- ^ HumanProgress.org (Julian Simon Lives! at the Cato Institute). Kudos to Cato for their new website portal, HumanProgress.org, which brings into one place the statistics of human welfare with reference to the socio-economic conditions responsible for it. Robert Bradley Jr, MasterResource, Sept.05.2014. See Robert Bradley Jr.