Climate Change Skeptic Now Calls for Massive Effort to Halt Global Warming

Bjørn Lomborg calls for $100bn annually to address climate crisis

Thursday, September 02, 2010

A new book about how to solve the looming issues of climate change will hit shelves here in the U.S. in October. It’s called “Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits.” It sounds unsurprising enough, but the author, Bjørn Lomborg, is a controversial figure in the debate on climate change. He’s long been known as a climate change skeptic and has been the subject of vehement criticism for his doubts as to whether global warming is a gravely serious issue.

Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the UN Climate Change Panel, once compared Lomborg to Adolph Hitler. He accused Lomborg of using human beings as mere statistical data points in his analysis on climate change. The Washington Post called Lomborg’s 2007 book, “Cool It,” a “stealth attack on humanity,” while The New York Times described it as part of an emerging “pragmatic center” in the debate.

Lomborg says that he's consistently said that global warming is real and an important problem. He says that he "just [doesn't] agree with Al Gore that it will lead to the end of the world."

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Bjørn Lomborg

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Comments [6]

Charles

Does John Hockenberry believe that he can discredit an interview guest by selectively calling their views "controversial" (whether that is true or not) and by saying that their views are popular on the Fox News Channel?

Of all of the slanted, left-loving interviews on The Takeaway, this one was one of the most startlingly dumb and dishonest bits of agitprop.

Can anyone imagne this kind of hostility from Celeste Headlee if the interviewee were Al Gore or Lisa Jackson?

It is an actual disgrace to National Public Radio that The Takeaway used its digital pulpit to repeat the hateful and contemptible taunt from Rajendra Pachuri, the mandarin of the now-discredited UN Climate Change Commission, comparing Professor Lomborg to a "Hitler."

Lomborg is not much of a "climate change skeptic." That is simply The Takeaway's cheap-shot effort to discredit him. Lomborg is a political scientist and statistical expert who thinks that if anyone wants to presume that climate change is a serious issue (he does not doubt that it is), there are better, more practical, and more sensible methods to work through the problem, technologically, rather than doing trillions of dollars' worth of damage to the world's economies with perhaps no discernable benefit.

This treatement of Dr. Lomborg was disgraceful. But more than anything, this was an insult to intelligent listeners. Wouldn't it be more honest just to merge this website into MoveOn.org?

Sep. 02 2010 05:55 PM
klem from Maldive Islands

"A new book about how to solve the looming issues of climate change will hit shelves here in the U.S. in October."

And the same dozen or so people who bought his last book will enjoy this one equally well.

Sep. 02 2010 03:09 PM
juergen

Yes, we use and do things that was not there 100 years or so. Shut down the internet, get rid of computers, TV and radio too.
Society has gone a long way and people live much better and longer today. Who would give up anything? Who and what?

Sep. 02 2010 12:14 PM
Bob Hodson-Smith from Wales (UK)

It is simple, we must cut down on unecessary buring of coal, oil and gas. This means giving up air travel, we do not need it, its been around for less than 100 years. Cars, the same. Turn down the heating and cooling. Cut down consuming. Accept big cuts in the size of ecomomies. Stop being so ignorant, greedy and selfish. Simple. So what really is the problem here?

Sep. 02 2010 10:10 AM
christopher Agostino from New York

John,
You missed the question to ask: what do we do WHILE the research he proposes is going on, or UNTIL it is fruitful. Telling people to buy electric cars, weatherstrip their houses, add solar panels now may not be the long term solution, but they begin to turn the tide incrementally now - AND they get the public to start thinking about this and moving in the right direction.
Does this Fox Friend really think that the American public would currently be willing to move tax $ into large scale research and development projects about climate change? His argument is a smoke screen for doing nothing real.

Sep. 02 2010 09:44 AM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

The leader of the free world - Pres. Obama - has been granting and proposing R&D in climate and clean tech since being in office (against Republican intransigence). That funding only goes so far and more is needed.

Some believe that a cap-and-trade or carbon tax system could potentially be the funding mechanism that Lomborg envisions, so why is he disparaging it...?

Sep. 02 2010 09:43 AM

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