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Mon, 2010-08-30 16:02Brendan DeMelle
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Bjorn Lomborg Now Says Climate Change “Chief Concern,” Calls for Carbon Tax

 

The Guardian reports today that long-time global warming contrarian Bjorn Lomborg has changed his tune a bit, and now acknowledges that climate change is “a challenge humanity must confront.”  In an interview with the paper, Lomborg calls for a carbon tax and a $100 billion annual investment in clean technologies and other solutions to climate disruption. 

Lomborg has never been among the outright climate deniers, acknowledging repeatedly over the years that he accepts the science confirming manmade global warming.  But until now he has downplayed the need for massive investment to solve the problem, and is often seen cavorting with the ExxonMobil-funded denier crowd.  In his 2007 book ‘Cool It,’ he argued that spending huge amounts of money to address climate change would do little to address the problem.  

Now it appears Lomborg has come to his senses, becoming an unlikely advocate for massive public investment in creating a low carbon energy future. 

It’s about technologies, about realizing there’s a vast array of solutions,” he tells the Guardian.

Sat, 2008-12-20 12:27Mitchell Anderson
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Obama's science advisor no fan of Bjorn Lomborg

If the “skeptical” Dane Bjorn Lomborg had any standing with the White House it will quickly evaporate with the incoming Obama administration.

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen John P. Holdren as his science advisor - a man who was one of the most vocal critics of Lomborg’s famously inaccurate book The Skeptical Environmentalist”.

The Skeptical Environmentalist” was so offensive to the scientific community that Scientific American published a ten-page evisceration authoured by four actual researchers, including Holdren.

Sat, 2008-12-20 09:11Mitchell Anderson
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Bjorn Lomborg is at it Again

It must be sad for professional contrarians like Bjorn Lomborg when their well worn speaking points become more laughably wrong with each emerging study on the dangers of climate change.

That of course does not stop Lomborg from holding forth his increasingly loopy opinions at every opportunity - most recently in the Australian, where Lomborg hectors incoming President Obama for his shoddy understanding of climate science. (By the way, Lomborg’s training is in political science)

Lets get stared on pulling apart this polemic and the laundry list of errors and misinformation.

Lomborg starts by calling into question the link between tropical cyclones and climate change. The doubting Dane intones:

It is simply wrong to say that storms are growing stronger every hurricane season… hurricanes across the world for the past year have been about as inactive as at any time since records began to be kept.”

Strange. That’s not what scientific community thinks.

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.
Wed, 2006-09-27 08:44Kevin Grandia
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Can Bjorn Lomborg walk AND chew gum?

Bjorn LomborgThe Guardian's Science Podcast this week features interviews with Bjorn Lomborg, the self proclaimed “Skeptical Environmentalist” and Tony Juniper of the Friends of the Earth environmental society.

Lomborg makes his same old argument against action on climate change, that the world's economic resources are finite and that we should dedicate them to his top priorities - a list that misses climate change.

To quote Lomborg, “We're  focussed very much on climate change, and we are not focussed very much on all the other issues in the world and quite frankly we don't have infinite resources.” Friend of the Earther, Tony Juniper retorts, “Lomborg's logic breaks down somewhat in trying to trade these things off against each other. I don't think the world works like that.”

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