Environmental Economics and Science Publications by Public Policy Issue

Alan Carlin's publications in environmental economics and science by public policy issue involved with comments on the policy outcome where applicable.

Control of Global Warming/Climate Change--Outcome currently uncertain

Environmentalism Gone Mad: How a Sierra Club Activist and Senior EPA Analyst Discovered a Radical Green Energy Fantasy, 2015, Stairway Press, Mount Vernon, WA. Available for purchase from book Webpage. 

Modern Environmentalism: A Longer Term Threat to Western Civilization, Energy and Environment, Vol. 24, No. 6, 2013, pp. 1063-72. Abstract and first page

The Increasing Need for Research on Geoengineering Approaches to Reducing Potential Global Cooling, in Yu. A. Izrael, A. G. Ryaboshapko, and S. A. Gromov, editors, Investigation of Possibilities of Climate Stabilization Using New Technologies, Proceedings of International Scientific Conference, “Problems of Adaptation to Climate Change” (Moscow, 7–9 November 2011), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 2012, pp. 24-34.

A Multidisciplinary, Science-Based Approach to the Economics of Climate Change, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 8, No. 4, April, 2011, pp. 985-1031.

Comments on Draft Technical Support Document for Endangerment Analysis for Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air Act, unpublished report prepared for the US Environmental Protection Agency but not representing the Agency's views, final version dated March 16, 2009.  Designed to be printed double-sided.  PDF file size is 4MB. 

Why a Different Approach Is Required if Global Climate Change Is to Be Controlled Efficiently or Even at AllEnvironmental Law and Policy Review, Vol. 32, Issue 3, Spring 2008, pp. 685-757Abstract

Risky Gamble, Environmental Forum, Vol. 24, No. 5, September/October, 2007, pp. 42-7.  Abstract

Global Climate Change Control: Is There a Better Strategy for Global Climate Control than Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 155, No. 6, June, 2007, pp. 1401-97,June 2007.  Abstract

Implementation and Utilization of Geoengineering for Global Climate Change Control, Sustainable Development Law and Policy , Vol. 7, No. 2, Winter, 2007, pp. 56-58. Abstract

Environmentally Responsible Energy Pricing (with W. Kip Viscusi, Wesley A. Magat, and Mark Dreyfus), 1994.  Abstract   Full text: Energy Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, April, pp. 23-42.  An earlier version of the report is available here. The full report on which both are based can be found here.

Use of Benefit-Cost Analysis to Analyze Economic Efficiency in General--Outcome: Federal use of cost-benefit analysis has expanded beyond water resource projects and improved since the 1980s

The New Challenge to Cost-Benefit Analysis: How Sound Is the Opponents' Empirical Case?  Regulation, Fall 2005, pp.18-23.

The Grand Canyon Controversy: Lessons for Federal Cost-Benefit Practices, 1968,.  Full text: Land Economics, Volume XLIV, No. 2, May, pp. 219‑227.  Reprinted in Charles J. Meyers and A. Dan Tarlock (eds.), Water Resource Management, Foundation Press, Mineola, New York, 1971, pp. 459‑468.  Earlier version printed in U.S. Congress, Senate, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, Central Arizona Project, Hearings before Subcommittee, 90th Congress, 1st Session, May 2‑5, 1967, pp. 507‑514.  Also in House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, Colorado River Basin Project, Hearings before Subcommittee, 90th Congress, 1st Session, March 13‑17, 1967, pp. 611‑618.  Abstract and order info.

Building Dams in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado--Outcome: Administration withdrew their proposal to Congress

The Grand Canyon Controversy; or, How Reclamation Justifies the Unjustifiable, 1973.  Full text: in Alain C. Enthoven and A. Myrick Freeman (editors), Pollution, Resources, and the Environment, W. W. Norton, New York, 1973, pp. 263-270. Absract and order info.

The Grand Canyon Controversy--1967: Further Economic Comparisons of Nuclear Alternatives” (with William E. Hoehn), Senate Hearings, op. cit., pp. 489‑497 and House Hearings, pp. 619‑625.  Abstract and order info.


Is the Marble Canyon Project Economically Justified? (with William E. Hoehn) 1967, printed in U.S. Congress, House, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, Lower Colorado River Basin Project, Hearings before Subcommittee, Part II, May 9‑18, pp. 1497‑1512.  Abstract and order info.


Mr. Udall's ‘Analysis’: An Unrepentant Rejoinder (with William E. Hoehn), 1966, ibid., pp. 1521‑1535.  Abstract


Use of Economic Incentives for Environmental Pollution Control--Outcome: Use has expanded greatly in recent years

Cost Savings from the Use of Market Incentives for Pollution Control (with Robert C. Anderson, Albert M. McGartland, and Jennifer B. Weinberger),  1997, in Richard F. Kosobud and Jennifer M. Zimmerman (editors), Market-Based Approaches to Environmental Policy: Regulatory Innovations to the Fore, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1997, pp. 15-46. 

The United States Experience with Economic Incentives to Control Environmental Pollution, Report No. 230-R-92-001, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., July, 1992.  Abstract


Economic Costs of Environmental Pollution Control

Environmental Investments: The Cost of Cleaning Up (with Paul F. Scodari and Don H. Garner), 1991.  Full text: Environment, Vol. 34, No. 2, March, pp. 12-45.

Environmental Investments: The Cost of a Clean Environment, A Summary (with the assistance of the Environmental Law Institute), 1990, Report No. EPA-230-90-084, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., DecemberAbstract

Environmental Investments: The Cost of a Clean Environment, Report of the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the Congress of the United States, 1990, Report No. EPA-230-90-083, November.  Republished with previous entry by Island Press, Washington, D.C. and Covelo, CA, 1991. Abstract

Economic Benefits of Pollution Control

Measures of Mortality Risks (with W. Kip Viscusi and John K. Hakes), 1997  Abstract  Full Text: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Vol. 14, No. 3, May/June, 1997, pp. 213-33.  Earlier report to EPA.

EPA Comments on Proposed NOAA/DOI Regulations on Natural Resource Damage Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., October, 1994.  Abstract:

Benefits of Pollution Control, March 1974.  Full text: Philip L. White and Diane Roberts (editors), Environmental Quality and Food Supply, Futura Publishing Company, Mt. Kisco, New York, pp. 39-47.

“Introduction,” in Thomas D. Crocker (editor), in Economic Perspectives on Acid Rain Control, Butterworth, Stoneham, MA, 1984.

Los Angeles Smog--Outcome: Pollution levels have decreased substantially since the 1960s

Environmental Problems: Their Causes, Cures and Evoluton Using Southern California Smog as an Example (with George Kocher), Report R-640-CC/RC,The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, May, 1971.  Abstract and order info.