860 million Africans have as much electricity as 6.5 million Arizonans.


Bjorn Lomborg

Saving lives with fossil fuels

On his personal web-page, Bill Gates highlights Bjorn Lomborg's arguments: the 3 billion people living in energy poverty can’t afford today’s expensive clean energy solutions, and we can’t expect them wait for the technology to get cheaper. Gates and his team produced two videos with Bjorn Lomborg, in which he explains why fossil fuels can fight poverty and save lives.

China lifted 680 million people out of poverty with cheap, if polluting coal. We should not deny such success to the 1.2 billion people who still do not have any access to electricity.

Without modern energy for cooking and heating, 4.3 million people die from indoor air pollution each year.

The Environment of Poverty

There is something fundamentally immoral about the way we set our aid priorities.

The world spends at least $11 billion of our development money to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This is a very ineffective use of aid money. It will delay global warming for a mere seven hours by the end of the century.

For the same money, we could save almost 3 million lives, save 200 million from starving, make developing countries safer from extreme weather - and still have money left over to help develop an HIV vaccine, deliver drugs to treat heart attacks and provide everyone with a Hepatitis B vaccine.
Read more in six languages on Project Syndicate. The article was published in newspapers around the world, e.g. Economic Times (India), The Korea Times or La Nacion (Costa Rica).

Smarter goals for the UN

The UN is in the process to set global goals for the next 15 years. They could influence $2.5 trillion dollars of development aid.

Unfortunately, right now their draft has 212 targets, and having that many priorities, is like having none at all.

With 30 of the world's top economist, we try to help the UN set the most efficient goals. In our document, which all of the negotiators have, we have highlighted what works phenomenally - in green - and what doesn't - in red.

Having a traffic light evaluation of the world's top goals makes it easier for busy diplomats to focus on the smartest goals for the future.

Smarter goals for the UN
in media around the world

Subsequent to Bjorn Lomborg's article on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and New York Times' reporting last month, media around the world have interviewed Lomborg on the Copenhagen Consensus Center's Post-2015 Consensus project.

The newspapers of record in France and Norway, Le Monde and Aftenposten (on two full pages) both reported on Lomborg's efforts to prioritize global aid spending in the most cost-effective way.

An interview with the world's fourth-largest news agency EFE is available both in Spanish (e.g. La Informacion) and Catalan (La Vanguardia).

Lomborg's article was also published in Denmark (Jyllands-Posten) and Portugal (Jornal de Negocios).

Fixing the world's greatest challenges

How do we best spend our scarce resources to do good in the world?

In his talk to Reason Foundation, Lomborg takes you though how to prioritize the solutions to some of the world's greatest problems.

The talk is based on this new, second edition of Lomborg's book How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, available on amazon.com.
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About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and regularly works with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates. 
His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world’s "Top 25 Environmental Think Tanks".

Lomborg is frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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