Thomas Gale Moore

Senior Fellow, Emeritus

Thomas Gale Moore is an emeritus senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who specializes in international trade, deregulation, and privatization.

His current research focuses on global warming, environmental issues, regulatory issues, and privatization in former communist countries. He is also working on evolutionary psychology and its relationship to religion and economics.

Moore was a member of President Ronald Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers from 1985 to 1989. In this capacity, he supervised a staff of economists who advised the president on trade, tax, regulation, agriculture, transportation, environment, and health issues. During 1968–70, he served as senior staff economist on the council covering regulatory and industrial organization issues.

Between 1985 and 1989, Moore was a member of the President's National Critical Materials Council and, in 1989, of the President's National Commission on Superconductivity. In 1988–89 he was acting chairman of the President's National Critical Materials Council.

Moore is the author of Climate of Fear: Why We Shouldn't Worry about Global Warming (Cato Institute, 1998), In Sickness or in Health: The Kyoto Protocol versus Global Warming (Hoover Essays in Public Policy, 2000), Global Warming: A Boon to Humans and Other Animals (Hoover Essays in Public Policy, 1995), and Environmental Terrorism (Hoover Essays in Public Policy, 1994). He coedited The Essence of Stigler (Hoover Institution Press, 1986) and Freight Transportation Deregulation (American Enterprise Institute, 1972).

Moore has written widely for both the popular press and academic journals on economic, political, and law issues.

He has also authored Central Planning USA-Style: The Case against Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards (Hoover Essays in Public Policy, 1991) and Privatization Now or Else: The Impending Failure of Democracy and Freedom in Central Europe (Hoover Essays in Public Policy, 1991).

He also authored Public Claims on US Output (American Enterprise Institute, 1973) and Economics of the American Theatre (Duke University Press, 1968).

Before coming to Hoover, Moore was an associate and then professor of economics at Michigan State University, where he taught graduate courses on economic theory and industrial organization.

Before joining Michigan State he was an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Industrial Administration of the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He has also taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of California at Los Angeles.

He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a year and a half and then enlisted in the US Navy, where he served for four years during the Korean War. After his tour of duty, he received his BA degree from George Washington University and his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1961.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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How to Turn the Lights Back On

by Thomas Gale Moorevia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 30, 2001

The only real solution to California’s energy crisis? Let the market work. By Hoover fellow Thomas Gale Moore.

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In Sickness and in Health: The Kyoto Protocol versus Global Warming

by Thomas Gale Moorevia Analysis
Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Advocates of curbing greenhouse emissions and ratifying the Kyoto Protocol contend that global warming will bring disease and death to Americans. Is this is likely? Should Americans fear a health crisis? Would a warmer world bring an epidemic of tropical diseases? Would Americans face increased heatstroke and summers bringing a surge of deaths? Would global warming bring more frequent and more violent hurricanes wreaking havoc on our citizens? Is it true that warmer climates are less healthy than colder ones? Would cutting greenhouse gas emissions, as the Kyoto Protocol requires, improve the health of Americans? This essay will show that the answer to all those questions is a resounding no.

The Science behind Global Warming

by Thomas Gale Moorevia Hoover Digest
Thursday, July 30, 1998

Hoover fellow Thomas Gale Moore concludes that the evidence for a coming global catastrophe is mostly . . . hot air.

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Report from Kyoto

by Thomas Gale Moorevia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

When Hoover fellow Thomas Gale Moore flew to Kyoto, Japan, last winter for the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, he took along a healthy dose of skepticism about environmental activists. He also took along his sense of humor.

Happiness Is a Warm Planet

by Thomas Gale Moorevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

At the recent conference in Kyoto, Japan, representatives from dozens of nations tried to figure out what to do about global warming. Apparently, it didn't occur to them that global warming might be good. By Hoover fellow Thomas Gale Moore.

Global Chill

by Thomas Gale Moorevia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Hoover fellow Thomas Gale Moore argues that in the name of cooling the global climate the United States is about to ice its economy.

Global Warming and Globaloney

by Thomas Gale Moorevia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 1997

Environmentalists urge the world to spend trillions of dollars to halt global warming. For less than a thousandth of the cost, Hoover fellow Thomas Gale Moore points out, we could instead treat the one-fifth of the world's children who now go without immunizations-and actually do some good.

Beyond the Water's Edge

by George Weigel, Malcolm Wallop, James M. Inhofe, Thomas Gale Moore, Elaine Donnelly, Paula J. Dobriansky, Elliott Abrams, Seth Cropseyvia Policy Review
Friday, September 1, 1995

Military and foreign policy issues for the '96 campaign


The Essence of Stigler

via Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, October 1, 1986

The twenty-four essays that appear in this volume exemplify the scholarly brilliance and intellectual curiosity that has marked the world of Nobel laureate George J. Stigler, who has been acknowledged as one of the foremost architects of twentieth-century economic thought.