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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: The Urgent Need for a Formal Reevaluation of Climate Alarmist Scam Science

I have been interested in whether climate alarmism is based on valid science for almost a decade, and have long held that it is not (see here and here). In the last few years the literature has blossomed with more and more serious damning studies from a climate alarmist viewpoint. Two weeks ago I outlined […]

2019-01-12 04:02   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: There Will Be No New Post This Week

Due to last minute changes in my planned post for this week, there will not be any new post this week. Please check back next week for a new post. In the meantime you might want to read some of the older posts you may have missed.

2019-01-06 01:57   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Staggering Costs of Decreasing CO2 Emissions

Climate extremists, like other hucksters, usually emphasize how their favored policies (decarbonization in this case) will avoid various alleged disasters, which never seem to happen except in the distant future. Rarely do they explain what these efforts will cost. Rather, the true believers always claim that the costs are small, even though they actually are […]

2018-12-29 02:16   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The UN Loss and Damage Scam Made Major Progess at Katowice without US Opposition

Almost unreported during the just concluded UN Katowice COP 24 conference is the biggest scam of all in the climate scam supported by the United Nations, the Democratic Party, and the other members of the Climate-Industrial Complex. The Paris “Treaty” of 2015 included a “Loss and Damage” provision under which developed countries would be obligated […]

2018-12-23 02:21   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Yellow Jackets Are Right About Green Policies

Today the Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed Piece on the rebellion by the French “Yellow Jackets” against the French Government plans to greatly increase taxes on fossil fuels. The author cites many of the reasons cited by climate skeptics for doubting the “science” claimed by climate alarmists for such carbon taxes. The article is […]

2018-12-17 13:56   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Chinese “Leadership” in Renewables Is Crumbling

Much ink has been spilled painting China as the leader of the UN climate alarmist nations. They are painted as abandoning fossil fuels and building “renewable” energy sources such as wind and solar. They have built some, but Patricia Adams argues in a new report that the primary emphasis in recent years has shifted to […]

2018-12-13 20:43   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: A Possible Significant Turning Point in the Climate Scam

Something unique in the extensive history of the global warming/climate change scam occurred this week. The intended working class victims of the “green” climate campaign have rebelled in recent weeks and this week they achieved a major concession by the French Government. The Government has agreed to postpone a scheduled increase in the carbon tax […]

2018-12-06 20:46   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How the Trump Administration Flubbed the New National Climate Assessment

Last Friday the Trump Administration published the latest in a series of reports mandated by Congress called the National Climate Assessment. Like most anything concerning climate change, the report was primarily political in intent. The report emphasized all the allegedly adverse effects that climate change would supposedly result in and did not examine whether the […]

2018-11-30 16:34   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Increasing Extremism of the Climate Alarmists

The climate warmists have become ever more extremist, just like the Democratic Party. The have have now left all bounds of rationality. It is now widely accepted that it is perfectly acceptable to carry out government-enforced efforts that are supposed to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere despite the great value of more Such efforts […]

2018-11-25 00:56   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Did the Climate Scam Gain or Lose in the Mid-terms?

The most significant results of the Mid-term elections on the climate issue were at the state level, not the national level. And these changes were not very significant. The trends are similar to what has been happening since the 2016 election. Changes at the national level have been mainly based on the power of the […]

2018-11-15 22:33   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: No New Blog Post This Week

Due to an unexpected change in the planned blog post for this week, I regret that there will be no new post until next week. Do come back late next week for a new post or read an earlier post that you have missed.

2018-11-10 20:12   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The IPCC’s Attempt to Move the Goalposts for Climate Change

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently issued a new report concerning the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, the goal of the Paris “Treaty.” In doing so, they changed the basic definition of how to measure climate by mixing existing and non-existing temperature data. This surely constitutes […]

2018-11-03 13:15   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Environmental Idealism in Handling Plastic Waste Ignores Economics and Leads to Growing Ocean Pollution

Recycling of post-consumer plastic waste leads to problems despite the seeming virtuous goal of “recycling” so that plastic is never disposed of in landfills or incinerated. A recent report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London explains how seeming virtuousness without attention to economics leads to disaster. Idealistic environmentalists want to create a […]

2018-10-27 03:22   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why Climate Change Is Not an Exception that Justifies Government Intervention in Free Markets

Climate change is nothing more nor less than a faddish scam. Unfortunately, this is not unusual in environmental issues. One major problem is that there is no inexpensive way to “solve” it as climate alarmists claim. In fact, it could easily consume the entire national income of any nation that really tried to eliminate it. […]

2018-10-21 01:36   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Richard Lindzen Verbally Demolishes the Climate Change Scam

On October 8, Dr. Richard Lindzen, a retired Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and one of if not the most distinguished academic meteorologist alive today, gave a brilliant speech on climate change sponsored by the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London. The full speech can be found here. James Delingpole’s summary […]

2018-10-13 00:25   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How the Supreme Court Could Now End the Climate Wars

Many climate skeptics were hopeful that the election of Donald Trump would end the climate wars in the US on favorable terms. Many of us assumed that this would be done by persuading EPA to overturn the greenhouse gas Endangerment Finding (EF). But so far all that has happened is that a number of Obama […]

2018-10-06 03:07   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How Theoretical Possibilities Are Creating Problems in Other Areas Besides Climate Change

As everyone is all too aware, this has been the week of Kavanaugh versus his accuser. It now looks as if this farce will continue for at least one more week, and possibly more of bitter debate between the major US political parties. As a result it is much harder to learn about the “ordinary” […]

2018-09-29 15:28   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Many Climate Scientists Have Unintentionally Aided and Abetted Climate Alarmists

One of the most curious aspects of the climate debate is that almost no one insists on mathematically rigorous tests of the major hypotheses that are involved. This is true among the warmists, of course, but is often true among the skeptics as well. Why the skeptics do not do so is beyond me. But […]

2018-09-21 15:28   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Madness Intensifies

This week in climate has been somewhat crazier than most. Based on Florence, the usual suspects are claiming that hurricanes are becoming more intense, even though they are not. California has decided to go full “decarbonization.” Governor Brown invited all his climate friends to San Francisco to share their “insights” with each other. And Al […]

2018-09-15 07:24   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Implications of Trump’s Choice of Science Adviser

For over a year outsiders seemed to expect that Professor William Happer, a physicist from Princeton, would be the Trump Administration’s Science Adviser. He had previously served as a (lower case) science adviser in the George H. W. Bush and Clinton Administrations, and could not be accused of being sympathetic to the Obama Administration on […]

2018-09-08 10:59   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Inability to Write Post this Week

Due to an illness earlier this week it has not proved possible to write a post this week. I expect to resume writing them next week and regret the lapse this week.

2018-09-01 07:22   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Implications of EPA’s Proposed ACE Replacement for the CPP

This week EPA announced their proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) replacement regulation for the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The Obama Administration’s CPP regulation was intended to achieve much of the CO2 emissions reductions the US proposed under the Paris climate accord. The new ACE regulation is a substantially reduced version of the CPP, […]

2018-08-25 03:59   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why the Climate Alarmists Are Winning at the State Level

I recently attended a public hearing sponsored by my state government on a state “energy plan” they are preparing. Now we all know that such plans often lead to government to interfere in the choice of energy sources. I was a little surprised that 70-80 people showed up since the state had already conducted similar […]

2018-08-18 01:09   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How Well Is EPA Actually Doing on Deregulation?

There is little doubt that the Trump Environmental Protection Agency is trying to roll back a number of Obama’s environmental regulations. And there is also little doubt that many deserve to be partially or fully withdrawn because they are not improving the environment or have so few economic benefits that they do not justify the

2018-08-11 03:05   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Time to Drain the Energy Swamp

By Viv Forbes Reproduced from: The Australian electricity market has become a stinking swamp covered with a tangled net of treaties, laws, rules, obligations, prohibitions, targets, taxes and subsidies. The swamp conceals the rubble of demolished coal generators; another plant destined for destruction (Liddell) is gradually…

2018-08-03 23:36   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Net Metering–Another “Renewable” Subsidy that Needs to Be Eliminated

In an efficient electrical generation system each source of electric power would compete against all other sources in terms of cost and reliability, and the result would be that only the most efficient sources would actually supply electricity. This would result in lower power costs and increased reliability of the system compared to the present

2018-07-28 04:04   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why Climate Alarmists Are Not Really Interested in Humans or the Environment

Despite what you may have read from the Climate-Industrial Complex (CIC), especially their sympathizers in the mainstream press, burning fossil fuels helps everyone except the non-competitive renewable energy industry climate alarmists promote. Increases in carbon dioxide (CO2) have no significant effect on temperatures in the real world or on the frequency of extreme weather events.

2018-07-21 04:05   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Trump Administration’s Likely Unwillingness to End the Climate Scam

It has become evident that the Pruitt EPA did not want to challenge the scientific climate “consensus,” either because they did not think that they could win the ensuing battle or because they wanted to avoid angering voters who accept the scientific “consensus” on climate. As pointed out repeatedly in my climate book and this

2018-07-14 02:32   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Climate-Industrial Complex Finally Gets Their Man

After an unprecedented, even for Washington, attempt to smear Scott Pruitt for the purpose of forcing President Trump to ask for his resignation, the Climate-Industrial Complex (CIC) finally got President Trump today to accept the resignation of Pruitt, his Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The resources devoted to this effort by the CIC

2018-07-06 01:21   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The San Francisco Decision Has Scientific Errors but Uses Sound Legal Principles

The eco-left has long pursued legal strategies in support of their goals in addition to legislative and administrative ones. Their latest legal approach was to persuade various “blue” cities to file suits against major oil companies on the basis that the companies should be held liable for flooding and other hypothesized damages allegedly caused by

2018-06-30 03:42   Click to comment

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