Carlin Economics and Science .

By steven d keeler | Jun 07, 2014


Editor: Alan Carlin

About Alan:

I have been carrying out or supervising economic and scientific research on public policy issues for over 40 years, first at The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and from 1971 to 2009 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC.  During that time I have carried out or supervised over a hundred policy-related studies on climate change, pollutant assessment, energy economics and development, environmental economics, transportation economics, benefit-cost analysis, and economic development.  Those personally carried out by me are listed on the publications page.  Those primarily involving economics and supervision of the output of others are listed in the Environmental Economics Research Inventory on the website of the EPA National Center for Environmental Economics.

I am the author or co-author of six published papers on climate change or energy pricing. For seven years I supervised the production of a wide variety of criteria documents very similar in concept (but not in implementation) to the draft endangerment Technical Support Document I commented on in March, 2009. The criteria documents were on different compounds, of course.

I have a BS in physics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

I have an extensive background of working with and in environmental organizations as a volunteer.  In the late 1960s I worked very closely with the Sierra Club to present economic arguments against the construction of two proposed dams in the Grand Canyon of Arizona.  This campaign was ultimately successful and the dams were not built.  In 1970-71 I served as the Chairman of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, then the Club’s second largest chapter.  I am the recipient of the Chapter’s Weldon Heald award for conservation work.


It is important to note that the EPA proposals are not only attempts to circumvent Congress and the provisions of the Clean Air Act but also the separation of powers enshrined in the US Constitution. The separation of powers were built into the Constitution for a reason–to keep ideologues of any persuasion from being able to impose their views on the nation merely by controlling one branch of Government. The new EPA proposed rules are not based on any act of Congress but rather on an outrageous rewriting of the Clean Air Act by EPA on the basis of green ideology with all its bad science, bad economics and bad law. This is a direct outcome of the Endangerment Finding I opposed in 2009–and unfortunately about the worst possible outcome. Unless voters act this fall it may too late to avoid this outcome, which will directly affect the economic well being of all Americans with no benefits whatever except for those that will profit from it, like windmill and solar manufacturers.

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