Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Name: Alan Carlin Education:Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, B.S., Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA Occupation: EPA - 38 years as senior operations research analyst. Reason for leaving: Still employed, but under tense situation, with dismissal possible in near future. See below for reasons...
After reviewing the scientific literature that the EPA is relying on, Carlin said, he concluded that it was at least three years out of date and did not reflect the latest research. "My personal view is that there is not currently any reason to regulate (carbon dioxide)," he said. "There may be in the future. But global temperatures are roughly where they were in the mid-20th century. They're not going up, and if anything they're going down."
Carlin's report listed a number of recent developments he said the EPA did not consider, including that global temperatures have declined for 11 years; that new research predicts Atlantic hurricanes will be unaffected; that there's "little evidence" that Greenland is shedding ice at expected levels; and that solar radiation has the largest single effect on the earth's temperature.
If there is a need for the government to lower planetary temperatures, Carlin believes, other mechanisms would be cheaper and more effective than regulation of carbon dioxide. One paper he wrote says managing sea level rise or reducing solar radiation reaching the earth would be more cost-effective alternatives.
The EPA's possible suppression of Carlin's report, which lists the EPA's John Davidson as a co-author, could endanger any carbon dioxide regulations if they are eventually challenged in court.
Carlin's report was rejected and he recieved an e-mail from his boss, McGartland which read "I decided not to forward your comments... I can see only one impact of your comments given where we are in the process, and that would be a very negative impact on our office." He also wrote to Carlin: "Please do not have any direct communication with anyone outside of (our group) on endangerment. There should be no meetings, e-mails, written statements, phone calls, etc."
One reason why the process might have been highly charged politically is the unusual speed of the regulatory process. Lisa Jackson, the new EPA administrator, had said that she wanted her agency to reach a decision about regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act by April 2 -- the second anniversary of a related U.S. Supreme Court decision.
"All this goes back to a decision at a higher level that this was very urgent to get out, if possible yesterday," Carlin said. "In the case of an ordinary regulation, these things normally take a year or two. In this case, it was a few weeks to get it out for public comment." (Carlin said that he and other EPA staff members asked to respond to a draft only had four and a half days to do so.) [URL=http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/06/26/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5117890.shtml]http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/06/26/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5117890.shtml[/UR L]
Wake up, people. There are two important things to consider here. First, the global warming hysteria that has netted Al Gore tens of millions of dollars, may actually not be as hot of an issue that the administration claims. Carbon dioxide, that stuff that we breathe out and plants breathe in, may not be the culprit this administration claims. Could there actually be a reason Gore has always refused to debate his findings with a number of scientists around the world who have asked for that opportunity?
Second, and very important, is...can't you people see the recurring theme happening here with this administration? We are being force-fed garbage at such a quick rate we can't even gag until it is already down our throats. This is just another case.....
How many things has Obama tried to push through at a rate of speed that would make an olympic sprinter wince with envy? There was the TARP, which had to be passed immediately to save the country from collapse. There was the stimulus package, which had to be passed immediately (by a congress of which many acknowledged they didn't even read) or the United States would be irrevocably destroyed. There is the health package, which Obama claims must be passed immediately, (with no specifics of how much it would actually cost or where the money would come from) or the country would be damaged beyond control. Now we have the cap-and-trade, which Obama claims must be passed immediately or carbon dioxide will ruin the earth. I repeat, ""All this goes back to a decision at a higher level that this was very urgent to get out, if possible yesterday," Carlin said. "In the case of an ordinary regulation, these things normally take a year or two. In this case, it was a few weeks to get it out for public comment." (Carlin said that he and other EPA staff members asked to respond to a draft only had four and a half days to do so.) In a test conducted by Fox News (who else would have the gonads to do it?) listeners were asked to call their congressmen and asked their intentions on voting for or against the cap and trade bill and whether or not they had read the 1200 page bill. The majority replied that they were voting for it and, no, they hadn't read the entire bill.
We have a president throwing bills like shotputs to a congress willing to pass them without even reading them, while he has quadrupled the deficit, raised unemployment, and wants to destroy our health system, all in the name of "redistribution of wealth", which is his major goal.
I don't care what your party affiliations are. You are Americans, or at least foreign members who are experts of America and our politics. Wake up and see what damage this man, and his congressional majority, is causing. Wake up and see that our future generations are being saddled with bills they have no chance of paying. Wake up and see how these tax increases will cause more unemployment, a lower standard of living, an inferior health care system (which people from all over the world come to use), and a stifling of an economy based on innovation, entrepreneurialship and the belief that opportunities are endless in this country for those willing to apply themselves, the same opportunities that allowed Obama to sit in the Oval office. Don't let this man destroy what so many have worked for so many years amd decades to build and what has made the United States the most powerful country in the world.
*For the record, Carlin is still at the EPA although he calls the atmosphere "tense". If you watch a video on the man's interview, you will see a decent man, not a rabble-rouser, not a political activist, and not someone with an axe to grind...just a man with the interests of the country at heart.