This website is being used by Alan Carlin to present insights based on economics and science on current public policy issues.
Editor: Alan Carlin
I carried out or supervised economic and scientific research on public policy issues for over 45 years, first at The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and from 1971 to 2010 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC. During that time I 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 authored or co-authored 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 about 40 publications including about 10 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 Technical Support Document (TSD) for the EPA Endangerment Finding on greenhouse gases I commented unfavorably on in March, 2009 while working at EPA. 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.
Much more detailed biographical information can be found in my book entitled Environmentalism Gone Mad, available from the book Website.