Green subsidies cost more, hurt the poor and don't help the climate
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Bjorn Lomborg

The German showcase for how-not-to in green energy

Germany's energy policy is failing the poor, while doing little to help the climate. 6.9 million households now live in energy poverty. Electricity prices for households have increased 80% since 2000.

Government advisers now call for an end of the policy, as the subsidies do not help green innovation or the climate.

Read Lomborg's analysis in Financial Times. The article was also published in multiple other languages, e.g. Danish (Børsen), French (La Tribune), German (Handelsblatt and The European), Hungarian (Napi Gazdaság) and Swedish (Svenska Dagbladet).

The two sides of

the climate coin

The media’s response to the latest instalment of the UN Climate Panel report strongly focuses on the negative effects of global warming.

Many of these, however, can be mitigated at fairly low cost through adaptation. What we don't hear is the other side of the story. Lomborg writes in Herald Sun, Australia's biggest newspaper.

Lomborg called for more researchers and fewer subsidies to existing inefficient technologies in a heated debate with a UK politician on Britain's Channel 4 primetime news.

The poverty of renewables

The burden of green subsidies falls overwhelmingly on the poor. Increasing numbers of poor in the industrialized world can't pay their rising energy bills. Poor in the developing world are desperately in need of cheap and reliable energy to power their growth, but climate-worried Westerners oppose coal-fired power plants.
Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate (available in six languages) was published around the world, e.g. in La Nacion (Costa Rica), Die Welt (Germany) and The Korea Times (South Korea).

Celebrating darkness sends wrong message 

On March 29, nearly one billion people across the globe shut off their lights for one hour to raise awareness of climate change. At the same time, another 1.3 billion people across the developing world continued to live without electricity as they do every other night of the year.

Lomborg writes in USA Today that Earth Hour is not only ineffective to help the climate, but more importantly distracts us from the real problems.

"This is why I did not turn off the lights for Earth Hour", Lomborg explained in an interview for CBC News (Canada), and articles in B.T. (Denmark) and Milenio (Mexico).

"The climate-centric agenda squeezes out other issues"

Jo Confino, executive editor of The Guardian, sat down with Bjorn Lomborg in Barcelona for an extensive interview. They talked about climate change, cost benefits and how the public debate isn't just about rational arguments.

India’s GM crop success

Lomborg writes in Canada's National Post that it is time to stop blaming GMOs for India farmer suicides. Detailed studies on the ground indicate that this is untrue.

GM (genetically modified) cotton has been a boon for Indian farmers: raised yields per acre by nearly one-quarter, raised smallholder profits by one-half, and lowered health-care costs by helping avoid millions of cases of pesticide poisoning.

And it turns out, suicide among agricultural workers is not more prevalent than in any other sector of Indian society.

What will make Americans care about climate change?

A new survey from Gallup shows that Americans don't worry all that much about global warming.   and neither do Europeans according to a similar survey.

Given that we have all these worries, politicians are doing us a great disservice by focusing on short-term fixes like solar and wind with huge costs but almost no benefits.
Listen to Lomborg discussing the issue on AirTalk with Larry Mantle on California's public radio.

Economist to save the world

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany's newspaper of record, profiled Copenhagen Consensus and Dr. Lomborg in their series on influential economists in the global debate. 

The wide-ranging interview addresses both climate change and the approach of the Copenhagen Consensus Center to make the world a better place.

The economists’ solution to climate change

The Global Energy Initiative asked Larry Summers, Bjorn Lomborg and other economists how to fix global warming. Interestingly, there is a lot of overlap in focusing on innovation as the way forward.
At the Copenhagen Consensus on Climate, a panel of economists, including three Nobel laureates,also found that the best long-term strategy to tackle global warming was to dramatically increase investment in green R&D.

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Axess magazine (Sweden)

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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