Africa gets 50% of its energy from renewables. Not because it is green, but because it is poor.


Bjorn Lomborg

Why Africa needs fossil fuels

Africa is the world's most "renewable" continent when it comes to energy. But it's far from a good thing: most of this is wood or cow manure, meaning heavy pollution that claims 1.3m lives each year. The continent remains energy-poor. Today's green energy is still too expensive and Africa needs cheap power from fossil fuels to escape poverty.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including Australian Financial ReviewNew Vision (Uganda), La Nacion (Costa Rica) and The Jakarta Post (Indonesia).

Copenhagen Consensus one of the world's top think tanks

The University of Pennsylvania asked more than 4,750 journalists, policymakers, donors and scholars to rank the world's best think tanks in 2015.

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is once again acknowledged as a global and environmental think tank, and its campaign for smarter prioritization of the UN's development goals was voted one of the globe's top-20 advocacy campaigns, alongside NGOs that have 100-times larger budgets. You can support the Center's work by donating here.

Are wind and solar energy already competitive?

Since the 1970s we have heard that solar and wind will need just a few more years of subsidies to be competitive. They still aren't, as Bjorn Lomborg shows in Huffington Post. A new study shows that if subsidies were to be phased out by 2020, the renewable industry would drop off a cliff. The IEA points out that even in 2040, renewables will be costlier than any other energy.

Discussing global priorities in Chile

Bjorn Lomborg visited Chile to speak at the Congress of the Future with other thought leaders. He also met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and gave interviews to Spanish newswire EFE, CooperativaW-Radio and the country's newspaper of record, El Mercurio.

Lomborg on social media

Smarter Solutions for Bangladesh 

What happens when you reduce wind subsidies?

Electric cars in China produce 2-5x particulates compared to gasoline cars

More electric cars often leads to *more* coal

GDP of all of Sub-Saharan Africa still lower than that of Germany

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Flere isbjørne på Svalbard

Dyre dage i drømmeland

Aux Champs-Élysées, aux Champs-Élysées…


Op-ed in Denmark

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Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)

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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