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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: Why I Spend So Much Time and Effort on Climate Skepticism

I am sometimes asked why I spend so much time on climate skepticism. Why not just ignore the climate issue and let the climate alarmists have their way at the expense of everyone else, particularly the less wealthy? The full answer can be found in my book, but the short answer is that there is

2017-06-23 03:27   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Clouds Cannot Be Usefully Modeled but Appear to Play a Very Important Role in Climate Change

What if the climate alarmists are looking in entirely the wrong place for what controls global temperatures? They claim the answer is emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by human activity and that humans must redirect vast scarce resources to reduce such emissions. Most of the best scientific evidence points away from their favorite bogeyman (CO2),

2017-06-17 02:14   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Deplorable Truth about Decarbonization

The deplorable truth is that the Climate Industrial Complex (CIC) is pushing exactly in the wrong direction even if what they advocate were free (which is very very far from being the case). The CIC includes the mainstream media, the Democratic Party (which publicly adopted decarbonization last year as part of its Party platform), the

2017-06-08 04:46   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Three Cheers for President Trump’s Action Today

I have to hand it to President Trump. He has now done what he said he would do by removing the US from the Paris climate non-treaty “Treaty.” The climate alarmists have predictably gone bonkers even though there is no objective basis for their concerns. Mr. Trump based his decision on the disproportionate cost of

2017-06-02 03:14   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Statements by President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt on the Paris Climate Accord

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 1, 2017 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD Rose Garden 3:32 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and

2017-06-01 22:55   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Trump Announcement on US Role in the Paris Climate Non-treaty “Treaty”

Reuters reported this evening that President Trump will announce his decision on the US role in the Paris climate non-treaty “Treaty” at 3 pm EDT on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

2017-06-01 03:54   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Looney Effort to Keep the US in the Paris Non-Treaty “Treaty”

The Climate-Industrial Complex (CIC) is fighting hard to keep the US in the Paris Accord (to the extent it ever was in it given that the Senate has never consented to it), which I call the Paris non-treaty Treaty. And President Trump promises a decision after the G-7 meeting this weekend. The CIC is being

2017-05-25 18:17   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council Once Again Calls on President Trump and EPA to Revisit and Revoke the Scientifically Invalid CO2 Endangerment Finding

I have previously discussed how important it is for the US Environmental Protection Agency to revisit and revoke the EPA Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases issued in 2009. To date the USEPA has not decided to do so. I have suggested how anyone who pays electric bills can petition the USEPA to do this. What

2017-05-22 05:01   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: A Particularly Lunatic Week for Climate Alarmism

The Climate Industrial Complex (CIC) cannot be accused of thinking small. At the state level, The approval of California bill SB52 by both houses of the state legislature means carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must be lowered to levels 40% below levels measured in 1990. This is expected to necessitate the development of massive numbers of

2017-05-20 03:48   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why the UN’s Climate Models Are Inherently Unreliable, and Should Be Abandoned in Favor of More Top-Down Approaches

Those who have examined the Wallace, Christy, and d’Aleo (WCD) 2016 and 2017 reports discussed in recent months on this blog may be understandably confused as to how they relate to the numerous climate models used by the UN IPCC and the USEPA over many years in support of their climate alarmism. The methodologies used

2017-05-12 02:33   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Strange Absence of Science in the Paris “Treaty” Discussion

The climate topic du jour is whether President Trump should abandon the Paris non-treaty “treaty.” Most of the discussion seems to revolve around esoteric legal issues concerning what the US is allowed and not allowed to do as a result of President Obama’s agreement to the “treaty” without Senate consent. I find most of the

2017-05-05 20:58   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Major Effects an Invalid Scientific Hypothesis Can Have

Scientific hypotheses can have an enormous effects even if they are invalid, especially if they are widely believed. Can you guess which one I am describing? Here are some clues: What scientific hypothesis has been shown to be invalid? [See here and here for specific problems; for more general discussion see here.] leads to policies

2017-04-28 17:50   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Shots Fired at Office Floor of Co-author of Research Report Showing Carbon Dioxide Has No Significant Effect on Global Warming

Over the weekend seven shots were fired at the office floor occupied by Dr. John Christy’s office on the campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The “March for Science” went past the building on Saturday. Dr. Christy is Alabama State Climatologist, a prominent climate researcher, a climate skeptic, and co-author of a pathbreaking

2017-04-24 19:21   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Second Edition of Pathbreaking Research Report Shows the Orwellian Nature of the “March for Science”

Despite Saturday’s so-called “March for Science,” the almost simultaneous release of a Second Edition of a Research Report showing the exact opposite of what some of the marchers claim to be the conclusions of climate science has brought home the Orwellian reality that the marchers have gotten their claims concerning what the science says exactly

2017-04-24 05:00   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How the WSJ Gets It Wrong on Reconsideration of EPA’s GHG Endangerment Finding

On April 18, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial supporting EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s position against reconsidering the Endangerment Finding (EF) on Greenhouse Gases. The editorial makes six basic points: 1. WSJ: Finding has been upheld by the courts. My comment: The issue is not whether the current EF was upheld, the issue is

2017-04-21 00:17   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why the Private Marketplace Is a Better Bet than Government Fiat on Climate Issues

What the climate alarmists are basically arguing is that decisions on energy use and production should be determined by government on the basis of their preferences. If they were being logical they would need to find that the long used decision making system on these issues consisting largely of private decisions in the economic marketplace

2017-04-14 18:54   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: News Reports on Endangerment Finding Petitions to USEPA

On Sunday I added a post concerning one of two petitions I know of to the US Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its Endangerment Finding (EF) for Greenhouse Gases issued in December, 2009. The EF is the legal basis for EPA’s subsequent efforts to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). If it should be rescinded

2017-04-11 16:46   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council Calls on President Trump and EPA to Reconsider and Vacate the Scientifically Invalid CO2 Endangerment Finding

I have previously discussed how important it is for the US Environmental Protection Agency to revisit and revoke the EPA Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases issued in 2009. To date the USEPA has not decided to do so. I have suggested how anyone who pays electric bills can petition the USEPA to do this. What

2017-04-10 05:10   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why “Environmental” Groups Have Gone Mad

I am sure that I have long since been ex-communicated by most “environmental” groups, but I still regard myself as an environmentalist in that I believe that the natural world should be preserved when it can be shown that such action will also be economically beneficial. My goal is to improve both human welfare and

2017-04-06 21:32   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Trump’s Energy Executive Order: A Good Beginning but Much More Is Needed

This week has been an important one in the battle over climate change. On March 28 Trump signed and released a new Executive Order (EO) on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.” On March 29 the House Science Committee held a hearing on “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method.” Trump’s Executive Order

2017-03-30 22:05   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Fundamental Issue in Climate Science Resolved

It has been a long time in coming, but we can now say with some confidence what the answer is to the most important question in climate science. As is all too well known, the climate alarmists have one fairly uniform answer, which they claim is part of their “consensus.” Climate skeptics, on the other

2017-03-25 02:18   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: A Particularly Troublesome Aspect of Climate Alarmism

Last week EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated that: “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” I can only

2017-03-16 18:40   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Government Intervention in the Energy Markets Is the Main Danger, Not CO2

The rumors concerning the Trump Administration’s climate policies are not all favorable. The Daily Caller says that the Trump Administration will issue an executive order to rescind or revise the Obama Administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP) next week. I count that as a plus and consistent with Trump’s campaign promises. But there is also

2017-03-10 04:46   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why the Climate-industrial Complex Needs to Be Publicly Attacked and Deligitimized

The first indications of climate policy equivocation by the Trump Administration have appeared in the past week. It has also become clear that two members of the Trump family support the Climate-industrial Complex (CIC), as defined in my book, Environmentalism Gone Mad. I had hoped for better, but this is not exactly unexpected. The CIC

2017-03-03 03:47   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How Climate Alarmists’ “Solution” Ignores Readily Available Scientific Evidence

Suppose you believe that the Earth is about to experience a catastrophic increase in its ground-level temperatures because of minor (compared to natural sources) human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a very weak greenhouse gas. Additional effects are particularly minor at the higher atmospheric concentrations now being experienced. But you advocate reducing these emissions. This

2017-02-24 01:13   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Time Has Come to Implement Trump’s Environmental Campaign Promises

The Trump campaign promises to rationalize Federal Government environmental policy may be about to face their first major test. Trump’s nominee to head the US Environmental Protection Agency was confirmed today by the US Senate. Trump’s strong stand against environmental extremism during the campaign may have been delayed in its implementation by the need to

2017-02-18 04:38   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Carbon Tax Proposal that Never Dies Despite the Lack of Any Need for It

This week some Republican Party elders argued for a carbon tax as a replacement for the Obama Administration’s regulations mandating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions in the electric power generating industry, among others. I agree that if it were actually advantageous to reduce such emissions, a carbon tax approach offers advantages, including its greater efficiency

2017-02-09 16:29   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Climate Stability and Political Stability

The basic scare tactic spread by climate alarmists is that climate is so unstable that a slow increase in a very minor but vital constituent of the atmosphere will result in runaway increases in global temperatures. It turns out that the climate system is actually amazingly stable, however, so none of the alarmists’ predictions have

2017-02-03 18:54   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Urgency of Revoking the USEPA’s GHG Endangerment Finding

The Trump Administration has been rolling out Executive orders on a daily basis to implement many of President Trump’s campaign promises. These include a number of orders related to environmental and energy policy. But possibly because Trump never made any promises related to revoking the USEPA Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Endangerment Finding (EF), there has been

2017-01-27 20:53   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: An America First Energy Plan

As expected, the Trump Administration has lost no time in emphasizing its plans to develop US energy resources, particularly on Federal land. This appeared in the last few hours on the White House website: Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to

2017-01-20 23:02   Click to comment


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