Alan Carlin

Alan Carlin

​Alan Carlin


  • Ph.D in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • B.S. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology.

Source: [1]


Alan Carlin is an economist. He has published numerous articles relating to the economics of climate change but he is not a climate scientist.

In March 2009 he authored a critical review of the EPA’s draft report on endangerment from greenhouse gases. His article invited controversy on June, 2009, when the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) claimed that the EPA had suppressed the report.

Carlin maintains a website for his business titled Carlin Economics and Science as well as a blog of the same name where he voices his skeptical views on climate science.

Stance on Climate Change

“There is very little empirical evidence for rising GHG levels as the primary cause for global warming. Ice core data suggests that CO2 levels follow temperatures rather than the other way around. In fact, the all-important scientific tests of this hypothesis show that increases in GHG levels are not a significant cause of warming…” [2]

Key Quotes

  • “The Obama Administration has made many efforts to support its climate religion (climatism). Since this viewpoint has no basis in the scientific method, it is not science and would seem best characterized as religion.” [3]

Key Deeds

May 21 - 23, 2012

Alan Carlin was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 7th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7).

DeSmogBlog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland's ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.

June 30 - July 1, 2011

Alan Carlin was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change. His speech was titled “Obama's Multifacated GWD Agenda and waht Might be Done to Slow it Down”: [12]

May 16 - 18, 2010

Alan Carlin was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change. His speech was titled “EPA: The Administration’s High Risk but Pivotal Climate Gamble”: [10]

DeSmog concluded 19 of the 65 sponsors (including Heartland itself) had received a total of over $40 million in funding since 1985 from ExxonMobil, Koch Industries family foundations or Scaife foundations. [11]

July 1, 2009

Appeared on the Glenn Beck Show where he contended that while U.N. Climate models anticipated an increase in global temperatures, actual temperatures had supposedly decreased between 2002 to 2008. [4]

June, 2009

In June 2009, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Senator James Inhofe claimed that the EPA had suppressed a report authored by Alan Carlin, that cast doubt on the existence of global warming and the need to regulate CO2 emissions.

Senator Inhofe wrote a letter to the EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and called for a congressional investigation of the so-called “suppression.” [5]

The EPA Press Secretary Adora Andy responded, saying “Claims that this individual’s opinions were not considered or studied are entirely false… . The individual in question is not a scientist and was not part of the working group dealing with this issue. Nevertheless the document he submitted was reviewed by his peers and agency scientists, and information from that report was submitted by his manager to those responsible for developing the proposed endangerment finding.” In an e-mail response, Andy also said that “There was no predetermined position on endangerment, and Dr. Carlin’s work was not suppressed.” [6]

Carlin's report was also posted on the websites of the Heartland Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and several other think tanks.

In an interview, Carlin acknowledged that his report was not fully or cleanly sourced, [7] blaming a short deadline. He also admitted that there had been no restriction on his contact with the media. There has also been a question whether sections of Carlin's report were lifted from other sources without proper attribution. [8]

Internal e-mails related to the alleged suppression of Carlin's report were released under the Freedom of Information Act. [9]


  • EPA — Director of the Implementation Research Division (1971 to 1974). [1]
  • Rand Corporation — Economist  (1963 to 1971). [1]


A full list of Carlin's publications is available at his website.

Carlin states that is “the author or co-author of five published papers on climate change or energy pricing” but these papers appear to primarily address economic aspects of climate change.

Sample Publications:


  1. Carlin Economics and Science,” Accessed December 1, 2011. 

  2. Why the Whole AGW/Warmist Narrative Is Even Weaker than Its Components.” Carlin Economics and Science. February 12, 2010.

  3. How Big Brother Is Using the National Parks and Other Agencies to Promote His Climate Religion Using Your Tax Dollars.” Carlin Economics and Science, September 28, 2010.

  4. Environmental Protection Agency Analyst Defends Controversial Climate Change Report,” Fox News, July 1, 2009.

  5. Sen. Inhofe Calls for Inquiry Into 'Suppressed' Climate Change Report,” Fox News, June 29, 2009.

  6. CEI Says EPA Censored Warming Study, Agency Responds,” Environmental Protection, June 29, 2009.

  7. Behind the Furor Over a Climate Change Skeptic,” The New York Times, September 24, 2009.

  8. More heavy lifting with 'suppressed' Alan Carlin,” Deep Climate, July 3, 2009.

  9. “Re: endangerment comments???” (PDF), New York Times, March 13, 2009. Accessed December 1, 2011.

  10. Alan Carlin, ICCC4,” International Conferences on Climate Change. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. URL:

  11. Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-palooza Round 4: 'International Conference on Climate Change' Groups Funded by Exxon, Koch Industries,” DeSmog

  12. Alan Carlin, ICCC6,” International Conferences on Climate Change. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. URL:

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