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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: Press Release on New Research Report Showing CO2 Has No Significant Effect on Temperatures

As discussed last week, several reports have shown in the last year or two that carbon dioxide (CO2) does not significantly affect global temperatures, contrary to endless repetitions to the contrary by climate alarmists and the mainstream press. Today some of the same authors of the reports discussed last week have released a new report

2018-05-14 01:20   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Both Sides Ignore the Major Finding of Recent Climate Research

The major development in climate science in the last year or two is something almost no one talks about–strong evidence that changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have no significant effect on global temperatures in the real world over recent decades. The studies involved conclude that the minor increases in global temperatures during this period

2018-05-11 15:49   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: “Environmental” Orthodoxy Can Be Deadly for Humans and Ecosystems

As discussed in my book on climate, one of the many problems with the CIC’s climate “consensus” is that it ends up delaying if not destroying the hopes of billions of people in less developed countries (LDCs) to reduce their exposure to indoor air pollution (IAP) and reduce their endless efforts to scavenge for wood

2018-05-05 05:30   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why Pruitt’s Decision to End EPA “Secret Science” Is So Important

This week EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt banned the use of “secret science” in EPA regulatory decision making. The

2018-04-27 20:01   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The “Environmentalists” Have Indeed Gone Mad and Probably Will Continue to Do So

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day 2018. It may be useful to recall the gross inaccuracy of the predictions made on the first Earth Day in 1970, and to wonder how the predictions of environmental doom in 2018 will stand up 48 years from now. In 1970 the primary emphasis was on the risks posed

2018-04-21 18:28   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: President Trump Strongly Supports Pruitt Over CIC Allegations

President Trump sent the following Twitter message on April 7 with regard to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s performance: While Security spending was somewhat more than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt has received death threats because of his bold actions at EPA. Record clean Air & Water while saving USA Billions of Dollars. Rent was about market

2018-04-10 02:22   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: It Is Time to Decrease the Influence of the CIC Swamp Dwellers, Not Scott Pruitt

The Climate Industrial Complex (CIC) to play dirty. They obviously do not like Scott Pruitt and apparently decided that since they cannot win on the doubtful merits of their arguments or their standard media scare tactics, the best way to proceed was to attack any and all perceived ethical and excessive cost problems they could

2018-04-06 21:28   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why Climate Alarmism Will Probably Have to Really Hurt People before They Are Likely to Abandon This Nonsense

Climate alarmists claim to have all the answers even to highly technical questions concerning the electrical grid despite the fact that their predictions of catastrophic global warming have never happened and there is every reason to believe they never will. Their “answers” to avert this scare disaster are monumentally expensive and useless. One of the

2018-03-31 02:58   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why CHECC Believes It is Essential to Repeal the EF, Not Replace the CPP

My February 16 post explains why it is crucial for the US Environmental Protection Agency to repeal but not replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and instead reconsider and repeal the EPA GHG Endangerment Finding (EF) as part of its proposal to repeal the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. On February 26 the Concerned Household

2018-03-20 04:03   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Enormous Costs of Remaking the US Electric Power System

The climate alarmists are not only trying to argue that carbon dioxide is a pollutant and human-caused emissions should be controlled and reduced rather than the miracle molecule that makes life on Earth possible. They are also trying to get others to pay the extremely high costs of rebuilding and replacing the non-“renewable” plus hydro

2018-03-17 03:50   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: How the Climate Alarmists Managed to Get Everything Wrong

Several decades ago the “environmentalists” decided to push the alleged threat of global warming (before hedging it by renaming it climate change). This would appear to be opportunistic to say the least. When global warming was occurring, they used that as the threat to get public and governmental attention and campaign to “prevent” it from

2018-03-09 23:04   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why Climate Alarmist “Environmetalists” Are the Enemies of Human Civilization and Plants

Humans can primarily thank two things for their current successful presence on Earth and the advanced civilization they live in in wealthy countries. One is the arrival of the current interglacial period (technically called the Holocene) a little more than about 10,000 years ago and the discovery and use of fossil fuels. The good and

2018-03-03 03:04   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Rebuttals to Ten Typical False Claims by Climate Alarmists

Climate alarmists are constantly trying to justify their misguided goal of decreasing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the basic molecules that makes possible life on Earth, by making various claims as to the alleged adverse effects of increasing emissions of CO2. To date these claims have either been shown to be false or

2018-02-20 05:21   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Repealing the Climate Endangerment Finding Is Crucial to Restoring EPA’s Integrity

USEPA is currently reviewing a number of Obama-era regulations with the apparent intention of repealing or revising some of them. They appear to have a plan as to how to do this, with what they view as the most egregious regulations to be revised or eliminated first and with an early deadline for completing the

2018-02-16 19:14   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Senate Spending Deal Includes Bolstered Tax Credits and Other Subsidies Advocated by Climate Alarmists and Their Allies

On Wednesday night, February 7, the Senate released 600 pages containing the language of the proposed budget deal to be voted on tonight. It extends a lot of tax cuts for individuals and businesses for 2017. Yes, you read that right. It’s a massive retroactive tax break. It includes several extensions of energy tax provisions

2018-02-09 03:56   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: The Irrationality of the Democratic Party with Respect to Environmentalism

According to an internet report two of the nation’s leading pollsters released polling results with strategies to elevate conservation issues in the 2018 midterms while conceding policies like climate change and public lands were low priorities for voters in the 2016 presidential election. This is what they concluded: Both pollsters admitted that issues broadly defined

2018-02-03 00:24   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Climate Alarmism Is Based on GCMs and Thus on Nothing

There are many problems with the General Circulation Models (GCMs) used by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and climate alarmists as the basis for their doctrine that CO2 is a pollutant and that increases in CO2 emissions will result in catastrophic increases in atmospheric temperatures (the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming or CAGW

2018-01-27 05:36   Click to comment

Carlin Economics and Science: Why Climate Alarmism Is Mad

Climate change will occur whether humans try to influence it or not. None of the current alarmist proposals to affect climate change will have any measurable effect on temperatures. Greater efforts by the US or other developed nations to lower CO2 emissions will not result in lower world emissions relative to current levels since less

2018-01-20 04:28   Click to comment

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

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