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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 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

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


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