October 20, 2010
This story is from back in August but I mentioned it to a bunch of conservatives yesterday and they hadn’t heard about it so I figured it was worth posting. Well-known environmental “skeptic” (his word) Bjorn Lomborg has reversed many of this long held positions.
Lomborg, a Danish academic, had previously downplayed the risk of acute climate change. A former member of Greenpeace, he was a vocal critic of the Kyoto Protocol — a global U.N. treaty to cut carbon emissions that the United States refused to ratify — as well as numerous other environmental causes.
“The Skeptical Environmentalist,” published in 2001, argued that many key preoccupations of the environmental movement, including pollution control and biodiversity, were either overblown as threats or amenable to relatively simple technological fixes. Lomborg argued that the governments spending billions to curb carbon emissions would be better off diverting those resources to initiatives such as AIDS research, anti-malaria programs and other kinds of humanitarian aid.
Lomborg’s essential argument was: Yes, global warming is real and human behavior is the main reason for it, but the world has far more important things to worry about.
In a book to be published this year, Lomborg calls global warming “undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today” and calls for the world’s governments to invest tens of billions of dollars annually to fight climate change.
That’s quite a change. The first question I have is how does this guy retain “expert” status after reversing everything he ever believed (likely for a second time, as I’m pretty sure he wasn’t a “skeptic” when he was a member of Greenpeace.”
My second question is for Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s climate change panel, who has previously compared Lomborg to Hitler. Has he still murdered 10 million people, or now that he agrees with you is he a-ok?