- Ph.D., Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (1994).
- M.A., political science (1991).
Mark Jaccard is professor of sustainable energy at Simon Fraser University.
The other day I heard an...
At first it looked like the Science Museum had gone and done the right thing: dropped its sponsorship deal with Shell. But then the museum’s director said something...
Bjorn Lomborg had an embarrassing encounter with truth this month. The Skeptical Environmentalist has made a lucrative career of jetting around the world on media tours telling the public that dealing with climate change will endanger the world’s poorest people.
The United Nations doesn’t see it that way. Last week the World Health Organization issued a statement for World Health Day recognizing that climate change will devastate populations in developing countries.
For the uninitiated, this event is where a group of right wing economists, hand picked by Bjorn Lomborg, paid for by the conference organized by Bjorn Lomborg, will rank a laundry list of the Earth’s ills based on an arbitrary budget and timeline.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. There was my latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer magazine – the “Magazine for Science and Reason” –and on the cover were the words:
“Let's Cool It on Global Warming–Bjorn Lomborg.”
I was stunned.
I started my professional career working for Skeptical Inquirer. My last book was excerpted there, and I'm currently a contributing editor.
Dismissing the risks of global warming as “baseless and undisguised propaganda,” a John Birch Society blogger has pronounced that evidence for climate change is “shoddy,” and that, on the basis of Bjorn Lomborg's (thoroughly discredited) analysis, “a little warming wouldn't be such a bad thing after all.”
This is classic “Echo Chamber” PR: you start with a lie; you pass the lie around; and after you repeat it enough times, it starts to sound like the truth.
Prize honors those who sow confusion and delay on Climate Change
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has captured the inaugural 2007 SmogMaker Award for blowing smoke on global warming, the DeSmogBlog announced today.
Global warming is an environmental problem, not a political one. And people who try to ‘solve’ it with political or public relations spin are just making the problem worse,” said James Hoggan, co-founder of the DeSmogBlog.
The Industrialists' Environmentalist, Bjorn Lomborg, stepped out today with a (password protected) Globe and Mail article likening the effects of climate change to the death toll from traffic accidents: it's something we could easily fix, Lomborg says, but we don't want to because driving around is too convenient.
This is another painful example of Lomborg's skill at turning the telescope around before studying what may be the greatest threat to global habitation in human history. In Lomborg's manipulated view, something very big is suddenly - reassuringly - teeny, tiny and easily ignored.
Here's a review out this weekend in Canada's Globe and Mail on Bjorn Lomborg's new book, Cool it.
I remember wondering, after I interviewed Lomborg, whether he was intellectually dishonest or just not very bright. Cool It has convinced me that it doesn't matter. Lomborg has now proved beyond a doubt that he is incapable of contributing anything of merit to scientific discourse.”
Just as Bjorn Lomborg's new book, Cool It, was being finished, the IPCC published its economic data making clear that he had badly overestimated the costs and the difficulties of controlling global warming.
Their report convinced his old allies at The Economist magazine that the time had come to stop stalling and start making change, and that world would hardly notice the cost involved.
And earlier this month, just as his new book hit the bookstores, the U.S. Department of the Interior (that is to say the Bush administration, that is to say Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, formerly the governor of Idaho, that is to say not the Sierra Club) issued a report on the future for polar bears.