Environmentalism Gone Mad
How a Sierra Club Activist and Senior EPA Analyst Discovered a Radical Green Energy Fantasy
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Dr. Alan Carlin is an economist and physical scientist with degrees from Caltech and MIT and publications in both economics and climate/energy, who became actively involved in the Sierra Club in the 1960s as an activist and Chapter Chairman. This led to an almost 39 year career as a manager and senior analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In the mid-2000s he began researching the claims by the environmental movement and the UN that the release of carbon dioxide by modern civilization will lead to catastrophic global warming due to human-caused CO2 emissions (which they subsequently changed to climate change and now extreme weather). This is his account of his personal journey of discovery that concluded that the claims are based on invalid science and are being pushed by a far left wing conspiracy that tolerates no skepticism, that their “solution” will result in disastrous price increases and reduced reliability for electricity in the US, as it already has in Western Europe, and reductions in economic growth and living standards around the world, particularly for the less affluent.
In Environmentalism Gone Mad, Dr. Carlin documents the dysfunction of the modern environmental movement—demonstrating the need of a major course correction to steer it back towards reality.
When Dr. Carlin attempted to express his views in response to a request for comments on EPA’s justification for all this in 2009, the Agency imposed a gag order to prevent him from discussing climate change, suppressed his comments, and prohibited him from further work on it, which ultimately led to his retirement.
Senator James Inhofe said at the time: "He came out with the truth. They don’t want the truth at EPA….We are going to expose it."
If the regulatory “solution” proposed by the Obama Administration to a non-problem (alleged catastrophic increases in global temperatures) that EPA can do little or nothing about is not stopped by Congress or the courts, they plan to start implementing it in the US in the summer of 2015, and are trying to get the rest of the world to cut emissions through a non-treaty “treaty” they are pushing to be signed in December, 2015. The Administration maintains that such a “treaty” does not need to be approved by the Senate, like any other treaty, since they know it would never be approved there.
In the view of a prominent liberal constitutional scholar President Obama’s implementation of the “solution” is akin to “burning the Constitution.” All these sacrifices are supposedly necessary to reduce emissions of a colorless, odorless, trace gas essential for plants and thus for life on Earth, which President Obama deliberately and misleadingly calls “carbon pollution.”
But the reductions he has unilaterally decreed in US emissions of it will have no measurable effects on atmospheric CO2 levels.
Dr. Carlin explains how the environmental movement has gone mad and needs a major course correction to bring it back to reality.