An Inconvenient Voice: Dr. Alan Carlin ….Surpressed Banned From Speaking!

An Inconvenient Voice: Dr. Alan Carlin

Posted June 29th, 2009 at 2.56pm in Energy and Environment.

Ever hear of Alan Carlin? Probably not, and that is the way the Obama Administration wants to keep it. Dr. Carlin is an Environmental Protection Agency veteran who recently wrote a damaging report, warning that the science behind climate change was questionable at best, and that we shouldn’t pass laws that will hurt American families and hobble the nation’s economy based on incomplete information.

Despite its promise to put science above politics, the Administration has suppressed Carlin’s report, banned him from writing or speaking about climate change, told him to forget about attending any meetings that addressed his main job function—climate change—and gave him a new assignment: updating a grants database. One supposes that, by dedicating its distinguished scientists to data-entry tasks, Obama’s EPA is able to free up true-believing interns to do its research.

Until recently, Dr. Carlin’s assignment was to research climate change issues for the agency. As part of this responsibility, he prepared a 98-page report earlier this year questioning the need for the agency to regulate CO2. His main argument—buttressed by citation after citation of peer-reviewed science—was that the agency’s earlier argument for regulating was based on incomplete science that ignored much more recent (and contrary) studies.

EPA responded by burying the report. As for Dr. Carlin himself, he was put under a strict gag order by superiors. They forbade him from writing, speaking or e-mailing about global warming to anyone outside his group at EPA. Now that his comment has been leaked (available here), the truth can come out.

We spoke to an embattled Dr. Carlin on the phone today, and, though he does fear losing his job because of his opinion, he has the strength of his beliefs. He told us that in 40 years of working for the government, he can’t remember any other time such pressure has been put on him. But you can hear in his voice that Dr. Carlin, who got his undergraduate degree in physics from CalTech and his PhD in economics from MIT, is not easily silenced.

“I’ve been involved in public policy since 1966 or 1967,” he said. “There’s never been anything exactly like this. I am now under a gag order.”

As for travel, “it’s been made abundantly clear that I was not to attend anything to do with climate change.” When he did attend a conference in Washington that was open to the public, he was reprimanded by a superior who told Dr. Carlin that he had “shown poor judgment” in daring to ask a question.

He does maintain a good sense of humor. He told us he had just been interviewed on radio and that the reporter had said “we hear you’ve been fired” to which he responded, “I haven’t heard that myself, but your information may be better than mine.”

That Dr. Carlin’s fate should befall any civil servant is frightening. It is doubly frightening when the person is a respected scientist who is simply trying to do his job when it is needed most. At the same time EPA is looking to regulate CO2 as a health hazard, Congress is considering an even more intrusive climate change bill based on many of the same erroneous and out-dated assumptions identified in Carlin’s report.

House leadership ramrodded the Waxman-Markey bill through on Friday, with virtually no meaningful debate allowed. The Heritage Foundation estimates the legislation will inflict massive damage to a U.S. economy already on the ropes. It passed with only a seven vote margin. One wonders if it would have survived, if countervailing voices like Dr. Carlin had been allowed to be heard.

The EPA gag order—made clear in the emails between Dr. Carlin and his superior (available here), also demonstrates that President Obama’s promise to put truth above politics has now been forgotten.

You can read the comment that your government did not want you to see, all 98 pages of it, here. In the executive summary, on page V, he clearly refers to the supposed relationship between carbon dioxide and “greenhouse gases.”

As of the best information I currently have, the GHG/CO2 hypothesis as to the cause of global warming, which this Draft TSD supports, is currently an invalid hypothesis from a scientific viewpoint because it fails a number of critical comparisons with available observable data. Any one of these failings should be enough to invalidate the hypothesis; the breadth of these failings leaves no other possible conclusion based on current data.

If this comment was proven to be suppressed, it could force the EPA to dismiss the entire comment review period and start over.

Dr. Carlin’s problems are far from unique. He is one of many who pay the price of Al Gore’s insistence that “the science is settled” on climate change, that we should no longer debate the issue. The media has happily gone along with this suppression. News reports present the questionable relationship between carbon dioxide and climate change as absolute fact. Skeptics are derided as “deniers” and are treated in the same way Galileo was by the Inquisition for suggesting the Earth revolved around the Sun. Today in President Obama’s America, a modern-day Galileo has been told to shut up and go away.

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Concerned, Raleigh writes:
=(…So much for “transparency”.

June 29, 2009 Solomon, Coarsegold, CA writes:
Actually, the Obama Administration is being VERY TRANSPARENT – we can “see right through them” to their overall Statist agenda: the (desperately quick) Socialization of America. They are trying to pass as much harmful legislation as they can, as fast as they can, because Americans are starting to become more and more concerned about the direction Obama is taking the country. Like many other “crisis” we are informed about by the state run media, Global Warming is simply another hoax, meant to line the coffers of those who have now invested in it: Gore, Pelosi, Waxman…et al.

The truth can never come out, because the Statist’s “emotional” arguments will never stand up to the truth, and it’s time the American People woke up and stopped this administration before they do irreversible harm to our great country.

2 responses to “An Inconvenient Voice: Dr. Alan Carlin ….Surpressed Banned From Speaking!

  1. Nobody listens to the real climate change experts

    The minds of world leaders are firmly shut to anything but the fantasies of the scaremongers, says Christopher Booker.

    By Christopher Booker
    Published: 1:20PM GMT 14 Mar 2009

    Comments 197 | Comment on this article

    Cold comfort: If the present trend continues, the world will be 1.1C cooler in 2100 Photo: Getty
    Considering how the fear of global warming is inspiring the world’s politicians to put forward the most costly and economically damaging package of measures ever imposed on mankind, it is obviously important that we can trust the basis on which all this is being proposed. Last week two international conferences addressed this issue and the contrast between them could not have been starker.

    The first in Copenhagen, billed as “an emergency summit on climate change” and attracting acres of worldwide media coverage, was explicitly designed to stoke up the fear of global warming to an unprecedented pitch. As one of the organisers put it, “this is not a regular scientific conference: this is a deliberate attempt to influence policy”.

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    Polar bear expert barred by global warmistsWhat worries them are all the signs that when the world’s politicians converge on Copenhagen in December to discuss a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, under the guidance of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there will be so much disagreement that they may not get the much more drastic measures to cut carbon emissions that the alarmists are calling for.

    Thus the name of the game last week, as we see from a sample of quotations, was to win headlines by claiming that everything is far worse than previously supposed. Sea level rises by 2100 could be “much greater than the 59cm predicted by the last IPCC report”. Global warming could kill off 85 per cent of the Amazon rainforest, “much more than previously predicted”. The ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica are melting “much faster than predicted”. The number of people dying from heat could be “twice as many as previously predicted”.

    None of the government-funded scientists making these claims were particularly distinguished, but they succeeded in their object, as the media cheerfully recycled all this wild scaremongering without bothering to check the scientific facts.

    What a striking contrast this was to the second conference, which I attended with 700 others in New York, organised by the Heartland Institute under the title Global Warming: Was It Ever Really A Crisis?. In Britain this received no coverage at all, apart from a sneering mention by The Guardian, although it was addressed by dozens of expert scientists, not a few of world rank, who for professional standing put those in Copenhagen in the shade.

    Led off with stirring speeches from the Czech President Vaclav Klaus, the acting head of the European Union, and Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT, perhaps the most distinguished climatologist in the world, the message of this gathering was that the scare over global warming has been deliberately stoked up for political reasons and has long since parted company with proper scientific evidence.

    Nothing has more acutely demonstrated this than the reliance of the IPCC on computer models to predict what is going to happen to global temperatures over the next 100 years. On these predictions, that temperatures are likely to rise by up to 5.3C, all their other predictions and recommendations depend, yet nearly 10 years into the 21st century it is already painfully clear that the computer forecasts are going hopelessly astray. Far from rising with CO2, as the models are programmed to predict they should, the satellite-measured temperature curve has flattened out and then dropped. If the present trend were to continue, the world in 2100 would not in fact be hotter but 1.1C cooler than the 1979-1998 average.

    Yet it is on this fundamental inability of the computer models to predict what has already happened that all else hangs. For two days in New York we heard distinguished experts, such as Professor Syun-Ichi Akasofu, former director of the International Arctic Research Center, Dr Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Professor Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute, authoritatively (and often wittily) tear apart one piece of the scare orthodoxy after another.

    Sea levels are not shooting up but only continuing their modest 3mm a year rise over the past 200 years. The vast Antarctic ice-sheet is not melting, except in one tiny corner, the Antarctic Peninsula. Tropical hurricane activity, far from increasing, is at its lowest level for 30 years. The best correlation for temperature fluctuations is not CO2 but the magnetic activity of the sun. (For an admirable summary of proceedings by the Australian paleoclimatologist Professor Bob Carter, Google “Heartland” and “Quadrant”).

    Yet the terrifying thing, as President Klaus observed in his magisterial opening address, is that there is no dialogue on these issues. When recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he found the minds of his fellow world leaders firmly shut to anything but the fantasies of the scaremongers. As I said in my own modest contribution to the conference, there seems little doubt that global warming is leading the world towards an unprecedented catastrophe. But it is not the Technicolor apocalypse promised by the likes of Al Gore. The real disaster hanging over us lies in all those astronomically costly measures proposed by politicians, to meet a crisis which in reality never existed.

    A perspective on New York that is like a look back in time

    On my first visit to New York 45 years ago I was stunned by its scale and modernity. Not having been there since, it was a shock to see how tatty and dated the city now seems. When I went up the Empire State Building (now 80 years old) with my son Nick, we were struck by how small the city looks, and how soon it gives way to countryside and sea.

    I recalled Scott Fitzgerald’s essay My Lost City, describing how he returned two years after the Wall Street Crash to see the “last and most magnificent of towers” rising “from the ruins”. Going up it, he “discovered the crowning error of the city, its Pandora’s Box. Full of vaunting pride, the New Yorker had climbed here and seen with dismay what he had never suspected. That the city was not the endless succession of canyons that he had supposed, but that it had limits. From the tallest structure he saw for the first time that it faded out into the country on all sides, into an expanse of blue and green that was limitless”. New York “was a city after all and not a universe”. “The whole shining edifice he had reared in his imagination came crashing to the ground”. As Nick, who works in India, observed, “New York is a museum to the 20th century”. But it was still a pleasure to visit.

    Hooray!! Everybody in the world should be forced to read this article before its too late. And if you want to find the real culprits for trying to scare the world into wasting the vast sums of money that Chris Booker is talking about look no further than the media, who are always looking for that “shock-horror” story.
    Richard Fullelove
    on March 20, 2009
    at 10:26 AM
    Climate Change and Global Warming. Two terms designed to inspire fear in the populace. Here are another two: Money and Votes! That’s what this is all about and nothing more.
    I am certain that many of the scientists involved in the research on this subject are working in the best interests of science and the global community. However, I am also confident that the moment this issue was raised, governments saw the potential to make cash and political parties to increase their popularity with the public.
    By pandering to the social conscience and fuelling the fear that something must be done about this issue imminently, the government has been given free rein to impose tax after tax after tax all in the name of saving the planet. What more laudible reason could their be to impose such measures? Unfortunately, the evidence does not seem to support their arguments. With so much conflict in the evidence (just look at the hockey stick) how can we be confident that we are serving the greater good. Simply, we can’t.
    As soon as scientific lobbyists gained the ear of the Political Parties they had the Governments in the bag. The potential revenue from this crisis is vast. The potential to sway voters in favour of your “Climate Change Fighting” party is equally vast. As soon as this issue became political serious scientific debate took a back seat in favour of overblown and propagandist commentary from supporters of the Climate Change view. Politicians being what they are could not resist the urge to capitalise on this situation for their own ends. If politicians were removed from the equation then science would discover the truth of the issue. Now, unfortunately, it is too late. Policy is being made, taxes are being levied, science is being subverted and the truth has become a moot issue. While there is money to be made and votes to be gathered this issue will remain completely one sided and common sense will have to take another step backwards.
    Mark McCaffrey
    on March 20, 2009
    at 10:25 AM
    Great article – Climate change is a scare tactic – We need something to get paranoid about, so this is it. It the biggest lie ever, but it keeps a load of suits in highly paid careers. Note the ‘government funded’ bit !! They are told to state that this is an issue to tax us more. Can we just get on with our lives now, and tackle real problems ?. You have got to be crazy to believe that A) it exists B) if it did that we are anything to do with it
    on March 20, 2009
    at 10:22 AM
    Libertarians and telegraph readers delight in being wayward, especially when it the orthodoxy threatens their consumeristic lifetstyle. One day the sand will be so hot you wont be able to put your head in it, you ni-wits.
    Sand ….in London?
    Europe is freezing dhimbat- were just coming out of the ice age 6th….because thats’ nature the climate changes!
    on March 20, 2009
    at 10:22 AM

    All these fears we have to face nowadays; Im wondering what we are all being herded towards. In the meantime its good to see a non hysterical post on climate change. Im sure the earth is bigger than all of us and has dealt with this before.



    U.N AGENDA 21!!

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