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.

Lomborg has even attracted the endorsement of U.N. climate chief Rajendra Pachauri - who once compared Lomborg to Hitler.  Dr. Pachauri supplied an unlikely endorsement of Lomborg’s forthcoming book, Smart Solutions to Climate Change.  “This book provides not only a reservoir of information on the reality of human-induced climate change, but raises vital questions and examines viable options on what can be done,” Pachauri wrote.

It will be interesting to see how the Exxon- and Koch-funded climate disinformation machine reacts to Lomborg’s new emphasis on fighting climate change. 


While it does seem that Lomborg has shifted his emphasis, it would be a stretch to say that he now advocates “massive public investment”. His numbers are considerably lower than most estimates, and this is because he advocates dangerous geoengineering experiments, fairly minimal adaptation and more R&D for a silver bullet technologies. This is not mitigation and unless the silver bullet pays off (a big “if), then he is actually advocating rapidly rising GHG levels for the foreseeable future and up into the higher reachers of business as usual.

So the Skeptical Environmentalist becomes a

skeptical skeptical environmentalist - an S squared environmentalist.

Hum! Or a perhaps a

skeptical environmentalist skeptic

Oh Dear! Perhaps a

environmentalist skeptical of skeptical environmentalists

No, that won’t do.

He is a Flipper – having recognised the plight of ocean organisms as the globe heats up.

Do we welcome him into the boat ot toss him back again as a dangerous unexploded squid? (SQUID is/was a well known anti-submarine weapon)

Lomborg will still remain on the list of villains. Is he planning to repudiate his book The Skeptical Environmentalist?

He should know that the longer the wait, the greater the effort. He has sat out so many hands, obstructed real change and now wants a seat at the table? Ha.

Hey Bjorn, mind the queue.

You have a lot of catching up to do - and many bridges to mend.

Your task is atonement. Get to work, you have a big job ahead.

in the Globe and Mail:

‘Sure, worry about climate change – but not too much.

Exaggerated fear is no basis for making smart decisions about something as complicated as global warming’

No real change here then.