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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 “Green New Dealers” Have Lost All Perspective

Perhaps the worst aspect of the “Green New Deal” (GND) recently proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey is that the authors have lost (or possibly never had) all perspective on climate change. They are acting as if climate change were as bad a problem as the Great Depression, and that another “New […]

2019-03-23 02:30   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: PCCS Would Be a Good Start, but Much More Needed

The Climate-Industrial Complex (CIC) has taken umbrage over the Trump Administration’s proposal for a Presidential Commission on Climate Security (PCCS) within the National Security Council (NSC). It is to be headed by a distinguished physicist, Dr. William Happer, to examine the effects of climate change on national security. The proposed Commission would examine the causes […]

2019-03-17 22:06   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: When Socialism Fails

One of the underlying problems illustrated by the climate change scam is that government usually cannot make economic decisions as well as the free market. In some cases the free market selects inefficient economic decisions, particularly in cases where actual pollution is involved. But much more often the worst decisions are made by government interference […]

2019-03-09 13:39   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why the “Green New Deal” Should Be Abandoned

It is ever more certain that climate change is going to be a major issue in the 2020 Presidential election. Many of the declared candidates have already endorsed Congressional resolutions called the “Green New Deal” (GND) introduced by a freshman Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Senator Edward Markey, D-MA. The program has been costed […]

2019-03-03 02:54   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: When Will the Trump Administration Finally Confront the CIC?

I have advocated independent review of climate science by the Trump Administration over the last few years, most recently here. The best way to do this is a formal reevaluation and rejection of the Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding (EF) issued by the Obama US Environmental Protection Agency in 2009. This might lead to real action–rejection […]

2019-02-24 03:12   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why the Green New Deal Uses a Particularly Expensive Approach to Not Achieving Its Environmental Objectives

The Democratic Party continues to rush ever further into the climate swamp. The left wing of the party accepts climate junk science and now wants to implement rapid decarbonization as national policy through a so-called “Green New Deal” (GND). See also here. They have added many non-climate aspects including providing economic security “to all who […]

2019-02-16 04:11   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Basic Reason Carbon Taxes Are a Bad Idea

Carbon tax proposals seem to be showing up more frequently of late. Now if we had strong evidence that carbon dioxide (CO2) was the cause of alleged global warming and that warming is undesirable and must be prevented from increasing, maybe such a tax would be worth consideration. But this is hardly the case. It […]

2019-02-09 04:34   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Idiocy of Risking Peoples’ Lives and Welfare to Keep Fossil Fuels “in the Ground”

The recent extremely cold weather in the Midwest reminds us what could happen when “environmentalists” claim they can do a better job of running energy markets than competitive markets. A number of so-called “environmental” organizations are trying to keep fossil fuels “in the ground” despite the many blessings of using fossil fuels to meet peoples’ […]

2019-02-02 05:11   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Socialist Approach to Reducing Climate Change Is Even More of the Same Failing Approach

The Democratic Party has taken control of the US House of Representatives as a result of the 2018 election. This has resulted in a number of left of center policy proposals with regard to climate change and other economic policies. Perhaps the most prominent of these proposals is called the “Green New Deal” (GND). This […]

2019-01-27 05:03   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Unofficial Abandonment of the Scientific Method by Climate Alarmists and Democratic Socialists

The far left of the Democratic Party is becoming increasingly enamored of socialism. Examples include Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other self-described democratic socialists. What has been missed is that they appear to be increasingly enamored of policies that in actuality involve junking the scientific method too. Their current favorite agendas, such as the Green […]

2019-01-19 16:19   Click to comment

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


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