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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: 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

Carlin Economics and Science: The Climate Alarmists’ Gross Perversion of the Word Clean

Climate alarmists have gone to endless efforts to gain public acceptance of their doomsday premise that the world must greatly reduce its use of fossil fuels to avoid catastrophic anthropogenic global warming. They have fudged the surface temperature data, used meaningless climate models, argued that human emissions of carbon dioxide will warm the planet despite

2017-07-20 21:56   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: A Modest and Equitable Solution to the “Climate”/Energy “Problem”

I would not object if the so-called “environmentalists” swept away all the trappings of modern civilization in their own lives that involve use of fossil fuels, including cars, airplanes, washing machines, trucks and the rest and went to live as their ancestors did. In fact, all that they would need to do would be to

2017-07-13 19:18   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: New Research Report on the Validity of Global Average Surface Temperature Data and EPA’s GHG Endangerment Finding

A new report finds that the three Global Average Surface Temperatures (GAST) data sets used by climate alarmists are not a valid representation of reality, including their repeated claims of highest recorded average temperatures. Authored by Drs. James P. Wallace III, Joseph S. d’Aleo, and Craig D. Idso, the new extensively peer reviewed research report

2017-07-06 05:01   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How the Climate Doomsters Are the Problem, Not the Solution They Claim to Be

Climate alarmists are basically failed doomsday forecasters. For a few examples see here. They believe that the world as we know it will disappear, usually because of global warming, more recently renamed climate change, often in ten years or so. But they hold out one ray of hope. If the world greatly decreases emissions of

2017-06-30 14:43   Click to comment

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