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This website is being used by Alan Carlin to present insights based on economics and science on current public policy issues, particularly climate change.

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Carlin Economics and Science: USEPA Shows What Can Happen When a Regulatory Agency Is Captured by Zealots

Any regulatory “good cause” can be carried too far. Eventually most of the more important changes needed have been accomplished or have proved too difficult to accomplish. At that point those favoring the “good cause” begin to find problems that do not exist, are not worth trying to regulate, or are so poorly understood that

2018-01-13 00:49   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: US Deep Freeze Raises Serious Concerns about Climate Alarmist Policies

Most of the United States has been locked in a deep freeze for a number of weeks that almost everyone affected would dearly love to escape from. The deep freeze has posed immediate and potentially serious consequences for those living in the New England states of the US. They need to keep warm, but are

2018-01-04 22:44   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Increasingly Bad Science and Economics Used by the Environmental Movement and EPA

In recent years my emphasis has been on the science and economics of climate change since climate is surely the poster child for the increasing madness of the environmental movement. The principal problem, I have argued, is the failure of USEPA as well as the environmental movement to use good science and economics in a

2017-12-29 19:28   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Radical “Environmentalists” Are Too Often the Problem, Not the Answer

Modern “environmentalists” are increasingly not the answer to environmental problems; they are too often the primary problem. They are attempting to remake society, government, and the economy to solve what they claim are environmental problems. Their “cures” are often much worse than the problems, which are increasingly more minor or even non-problems. Some of the

2017-12-21 19:49   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: What’s at Stake in US Adoption of Climate Alarmist Policies

It is all too easy to forget what is at stake in the attempts by the Obama Administration and climate alarmists to implement climate alarmist policies in the US. One of the primary issues is whether the US would be wise to greatly increase the cost of energy used in the US by making it

2017-12-15 21:46   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Trump Reportedly Supports Pruitt’s Plan To Set Up Formal Climate Science Assessment

It is reported that President Trump has privately said he supports a public debate to challenge mainstream climate science, according to administration officials. But there’s infighting about how it should occur — if at all. The President has reportedly told U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during several conversations that he supports Pruitt’s plan for a

2017-12-11 17:45   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: None of the Climate Alarmist Apocalypses Have Occurred or Are Even Possible

The climate alarmists have long tried to sell their apocalyptic scam by claiming that their policies will avoid catastrophic increases in global temperatures. The Daily Caller has recently inventoried some of the widely publicized such climate apocalypses predicted over the last 30 years by examining 12 of them. The alarmists’ 12 apocalyptic predictions have proved

2017-12-07 00:38   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Added Information on APS Red/Blue Workshop

Cfact today published a short blog post that provides added background concerning the red/blue team workshop sponsored by the American Physical Society in 2014. Those who wish to learn more about the workshop may find it useful to read the Cfact post before plunging into the 583 page APS transcript. See also my related previous

2017-12-04 15:24   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Red Team/Blue Team Review to Start Soon

Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, stated at a conference sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundations on November 30 in Washington that he had talked to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week. Pruitt, he said, told him that the red team/blue team review that Pruitt has been proposing to debate climate science for several

2017-12-02 16:11   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: New Essay by Rupert Darwall Highlights a Previous Assessment of Climate Science

The Competitive Enterprise Institute yesterday made available an essay by Rupert Darwall that explores the expressions of public certainty and private uncertainty by climate scientists at a small workshop organized by the American Physical Society (APS) in 2014. The essay extensively references the workshop transcript, which can be downloaded from the APS. Scott Pruitt, the

2017-11-29 15:37   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Europe’s Increasing Opposition to Climate Alarmism May Prove to Be Important

Perhaps the most significant recent development in climate alarmism is the increasing internal polarization of two major European countries. In recent years Western Europe has been the primary home of climate alarmism. The negotiations to form a new German government have broken down on several issues, of which climate may be the most important. This

2017-11-24 16:14   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Green Energy Train to Energy Poverty: How Environmental Activists and Liberal Politicians Are ‘Grubering’ America on Climate and Energy

Guest essay by Joseph D’Aleo, CCM MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who was an advisor to Obama on the Obamacare Act mocked the “stupidity” of American voters and boasted of the Obama Administration’s ability to take advantage of it. They did that for Obamacare but also, in partnership with the environmental left for their regulatory siege,

2017-11-17 13:55   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: White House Approval of the CSSR

As reported last week my understanding is that issuance of the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) was approved by the White House. Approval reportedly came at a meeting chaired by Gary Cohn, the Director of the National Economic Council and chief economic adviser to President Trump. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer

2017-11-14 15:44   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Unfortunate Apparent Approval of the CSSR by the Trunp Administration

The Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) was released last week by the US Government. It was reported by some newspapers that the Report had received the approval of the White House for its release. If so, this would appear to rule out inattention by the Trump Administration as the reason for the approval, especially given

2017-11-11 20:56   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Carbon Tax Option

Given the tax reform effort currently under way in Congress this would seem an appropriate time to consider the usefulness of a carbon tax to increase Federal revenue even though no such proposal (happily) is in the current tax bill. The first question, of course, is whether this perennial idea has any intrinsic merit. The

2017-11-03 17:58   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Scott Pruitt is Dead Right: EPA Never Seriously Considered the Science Used in Its 2009 GHG/CO2 Endangerment Finding

Last week I reported on a petition signed by over 60 climate experts (others can still do so) asking EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to reopen EPA’s GHG Endangerment Finding (EF). Late in the week it was reported that he had stated that: “This is the first time in history that this ever occurred. This Agency

2017-10-25 16:07   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt Signed by Over 60 Climate Experts Urges Revocation of the GHG Endangerment Finding

As I argued in an August post, the most important thing that USEPA could accomplish is the revocation of their 2009 GHG Endangerment Finding (EF). Last week EPA proposed to accomplish some of what needs to be done by proposing the repeal of its “Clean” Power Plan (CPP), but this is just one of the

2017-10-17 13:26   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: EPA’s CPP Repeal Gambit

The major climate news this week has been EPA’s decision to propose repealing its “Clean” Power Plan (CPP) regulation promulgated in 2015, primarily on the basis of the very bad law and economics used by the Obama Administration in its promulgation, as explained in some detail in my 2015 book. The one clear winner will

2017-10-12 15:00   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Climate Alarmism Is a Typical Scientific Scam but with Much More Serious Consequences

Climate alarmism is an all too typical scientific scam replete with failure to follow the scientific method and many of the common illogical fallacies going back to Aristotle. The difference is that its proponents have had almost infinite resources to sell their scam, especially taking into account the “free” media support supplied by the mainstream

2017-10-05 19:22   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: No Post Last Week

Due to extensive travel this past week it has not proved possible to prepare a blog post. I plan to do so during this upcoming week.

2017-10-01 13:54   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How the Democratic Party Has Incurred Major Electoral Losses by Its Mistaken Support for Climate Alarmism

For inexplicable reasons the Democratic Party has in many ways made itself the “Green Party,” and thereby has incurred major electoral losses. Each time it loses as a result of its increasingly green ideology, it has responded by doubling down on its green bet. The underlying miscalculation they have made is a result of the

2017-09-20 18:46   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How the CIC Is Working to Prevent EPA from Using Good Science

After several decades of pioneering work, the “environmental” movement was captured by environmental extremists during the last few decades of the last century; EPA, in turn, was effectively captured by the “environmental” movement starting during the Clinton Administration and in a very accelerated way during the Obama Administration. This capture of EPA was not limited

2017-09-15 23:25   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Real Potential Climate Problem Is Caused by the Climate Alarmists Themselves

The climate alarmists would like you to believe that Planet Earth is in danger of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW). Their “evidence” are sophisticated global climate models that they claim can predict future temperatures. The models, of course, are built by the alarmists and, of course, yield the results they desire. They are basically worthless

2017-09-07 22:57   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Reducing CO2 Emissions Is Not a Useful Substitute for Effective Stormwater Management

Hurricane Harvey has undoubtedly caused great damage to Houston and surrounding areas on the Texas Coast. The climate alarmists have immediately tried to blame carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by humans, of course. My comment is that if the US had devoted the resources wasted on CO2-oriented climate research and building “renewable” sources of energy on

2017-08-31 20:18   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Idea of Renewable Energy Is Reported to Have Originated with the Nazis; at Least They Were Wise Enough to Reject It

The renewable energy zealots have never publicized where their renewable energy idea originally came from. It has now been reported that it came from the Nazis. But in 1936 the Nazis had the good sense to reject it as one of their guiding principles for their energy supply. They realized that it would cost too

2017-08-25 01:38   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why Revoking the EPA GHG Endangerment Finding Is the Most Urgent Climate Action Needed

Last week I explained in general terms why the basic methodology used by the UN to justify its climate alarmism is hopeless for the purpose and proves nothing other than how gullible the Climate-industrial Complex (CIC) thinks the world is. This week Fox News has published an analysis showing how the Draft National Climate Assessment

2017-08-17 21:12   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why Climate Alarmist Reports Should Be Ignored Where They Use Bad Methodology and Data

Like other liberal news outlets, the New York Times has been busy printing unapproved internal Trump Administration material this year. On August 8, 2017 they printed a Draft Report as part of a new National Climate Assessment. It was prepared primarily during the Obama Administration by a Federal inter-agency group and is still residing on

2017-08-09 15:49   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How Your Tax Dollars May Save Energy but End Up Penalizing Homeowners

Governments often intervene in markets. In a very few cases this can be justified because markets may provide important misleading signals because they do not take into account the effects of particular activities or products on those not involved in these activities or production or consumption of various products. This is the justification for many

2017-08-04 20:03   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why the Fossil Fuel Revolution Is Good for Both Humans and the Environment

The fossil fuel revolution that started in the Eighteen and Nineteenth Centuries was not planned by governments. It occurred because humans found fossil fuels useful in their daily lives. In later years fossil fuels made possible even more useful forms of energy generated using fossil fuels, particularly electricity. With assistance from increasing human ingenuity, the

2017-07-28 19:45   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Electricity Consumers Group Adds New Study into Their Call for EPA to Reopen Its Endangerment Finding

Three weeks ago I posted information on a new research report authored by Drs. James Wallace III, Joseph d’Aleo, and Craig Idso which concluded that the surface temperature data used by most climate alarmists lack the credibility required for policy making or climate modeling. This includes the repeated claims made by climate alarmists that new

2017-07-24 05:08   Click to comment

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