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Fri, 2008-01-04 10:18Jim Hoggan
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Obama named SmogMaker of 2007

Prize honors those who sow confusion and delay on Climate Change

Update: DeSmogBlog withdraws Obama Award
 

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.

Wed, 2007-11-28 11:25Richard Littlemore
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Bjorn Lomborg: Saving the world from phony analogies

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.

Mon, 2007-10-01 13:10Kevin Grandia
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Bjorn Lomborg - the 'Polyanna of Global Warming'

Here's a review out this weekend in Canada's Globe and Mail on Bjorn Lomborg's new book, Cool it.

Choice quote:

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.”

Mon, 2007-09-24 20:38Bill McKibben
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Lomborg Cool On Polar Bears

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.

Wed, 2007-09-19 11:02Bill Miller
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Recent books on global warming; Neros at their fiddling

Author Bill McKibben has penned a review of recent books by Bjørn Lomborg, the Danish statistician and self-proclaimed “skeptical environmentalist, and Ted Nordhaus and Michael Schellenberger, who discuss how to persuade Americans to take action on climate change.

McKibben, an environmental activist and frequent writer on global warming, posted the review on Gristmill with permission of the New York Review of Books, where the piece appears October 11, 2007.

Thu, 2007-09-13 10:00Richard Littlemore
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" 'Cool It' is a stealth attack on humanity's future"

This tart quote is Tim Flannery’s devastating verdict on the new Bjorn Lomborg global warming policy attack, Cool It .

Tue, 2007-09-11 11:41Bill Miller
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‘Skeptical environmentalist’ says best fix for global warming is to make everybody wealthy

Bjorn Lomborg, who recently claimed that polar-bear numbers were actually increasing and then had to abandon his claim when science intervened, says the best climate-change strategy is to “make the rest of the world as rich as New York” so all the people of the world can afford air conditioners.

Wed, 2007-09-05 17:18Chris Mooney
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On Hurricanes and Global Warming, Don't "Cool It" Too Much

Chris Mooney's weekly DeSmogBlog dispatch.

The Danish environmental apostate Bjorn Lomborg is at it again.

Lomborg has a new book out, and just like his last one (The Skeptical Environmentalist), it's drawing strong criticism. Lomborg's argument isn't that global warming is a hoax–thank goodness, we're mostly past that. Instead, he merely argues that climate change is not as big a deal as some think (e.g., Al Gore)–and further, that it doesn't make good economic sense to take dramatic steps to address the problem by imposing mandatory emissions caps.

Fri, 2007-08-31 11:44Kevin Grandia
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Bjorn Lomborg's new book attacked by a polar bear

It seems there may be a bit of last minute damage control over at the Bjorn Lomborg camp.

A heavy piece of the marketing campaign for Lomborg's new book Cool It was the author's claim that polar bear populations are increasing. Lomborg uses this as evidence of his argument the consequences of global warming are more hype than reality.

Fri, 2007-08-31 11:34Richard Littlemore
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Lomborg Still Peddling Confusion

“Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg is back with a new book, Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, another lame attempt to distract people from the issue by burying it in a confusing and irrelevant economic trap.

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