A Fracking Good Story
Carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. are at their lowest level in 20 years. It’s not because of wind or solar power.
In his latest piece for Project Syndicate
Bjorn Lomborg looks at the impressive reduction in carbon emissions the US has achieved. While in the EU, despite heavily subsidized solar and wind energy at a cost of more than $20 billion annually, emissions have fallen by far less.
The main cause is an unprecedented switch from coal to natural gas in the US, which emits 45% less carbon per energy unit. Three decades of technological innovation, particularly the development of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” has resulted in massive reductions of US carbon emissions - about twice the total effect of the Kyoto Protocol on carbon emissions in the EU and the rest of the world.
The amazing truth is that fracking has succeeded where Kyoto and carbon taxes have failed.
Read the full commentary on Slate
Organic Food will
not Help the World
Bjorn Lomborg adds rational facts and economic reasoning to the New York Times debate series "Is Organic Food Worth the Expense?
Organic food is more expensive than conventially grown, and a decrease of just 10 percent in fruit and vegetable consumption in the U.S. because of higher prices would cause an increase in cancer of about 4.6 percent of the total number of cancers, or some 26,000 additional cancer deaths annually.
U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that shifting U.S. agricultural production to organic
would require an area greater than the state of California to be converted from pristine land into agriculture.
Organic food is a status symbol for wealthy Westerners, but likely cause more cancer, more loss of nature and doesn't help the poor.
Most of the world’s inhabitants need cheaper food, so we should focus on higher yields, and better access to fertilizer and pesticides. Well-regulated use of genetically enhanced crops offers the potential to boost yields, reduce pesticide use, and better ability to handle adverse conditions like saline soil and droughts.
Follow the debate on New York Times' website
A Carbon Tax is irrelevant
In Australia legislators are trying to cut carbon emissions by making fossil fuels more expensive.
See the news clip
with Bjorn Lomborg explaning why taxing carbon emission will not solve global warming.
On Australia's The Bolt Report
he argues that making fossil fuels so expensive that nobody will want them, is never going to work. Instead technological innovation should make green energy so cheap that everyone will buy it.
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