It would be an exaggeration to say that while real threats were mounting, the rich world was tinkering with solar panels and banning plastic straws. But only a small exaggeration.


Bjorn Lomborg

The global elite's unhealthy climate obsession

Weeks before thermobaric rockets rained down on Ukraine, the chattering classes at the World Economic Forum declared “climate action failure” the biggest global risk for the coming decade. On the eve of war, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry fretted about the “massive emissions consequences” of Russian invasion and worried that the world might forget about the risks of climate change if fighting broke out. Amid the conflict and the many other challenges facing the globe right now, like inflation and food price hikes, the global elite has an unhealthy obsession with climate change.

Lomborg writes in The Wall Street Journal (also available here) and The Australian that Russia’s invasion should be a wake-up call. There are many serious threats in the world today, but most won’t get the attention they deserve until the political classes drop their hyperbole about climate change.

Obsession with climate change distorts our priorities

Despite a large number of major problems facing the planet — including war, disease, hunger and poverty — major aid organizations have become increasingly focused on climate solutions instead. Alarmingly, despite the extraordinary focus, we’re failing even to solve climate change itself. Last year saw the largest CO₂ emissions ever.

The world has many challenges, not just the ones that get the most media attention. Climate should be tackled more effectively by funding R&D in green energy sources so they eventually outcompete fossil fuels. We need to confront authoritarian expansionism in Ukraine and elsewhere. And to ensure long-term prosperity, the world needs more and cheaper energy, better education and more innovation. We need our perspective back to overcome the elitist hyperbole on climate change.

Lomborg's new column is being syndicated with newspapers around the world. So far, it has been published in Financial Post (Canada), Tempi (Italy), Telegraaf (Netherlands), Berlingske (Denmark), El Tiempo (Colombia), Perfil (Argentina), Los Tiempos (Bolivia), El Universo (Ecuador), Business Day (South Africa) along with many newspapers across the US (e.g. Detroit News, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Daily Local News, The Telegraph and The Mercury).

How Europe could free itself from Russian gas imports

The war on Ukraine has highlighted the need to end reliance on Russian oil and gas. To achieve that ambition, we must be pragmatic and invest in sensible alternatives. Russia's invasion has exploded the narrative that renewables can give us energy independence and revealed it as nothing more than wishful thinking—especially for the European Union.

To achieve reliable power 24/7, solar and wind need backup provided by gas. Thus, the EU’s green energy policy contributes to it paying Russia more than half a billion dollars each day. This has to stop.
European leaders should look into a technology they've rejected in the past because of exaggerated fears, spread with financial help from Russia.

Lomborg's column was published in newspapers around the world, including The Dallas Morning News (USA), The Herald (UK), El Espanol (Spain), Financial Post (Canada), The Australian, O Globo (Brazil), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), Jyllands-Posten (Denmark), Milenio (Mexico), Perfil (Argentina), El Heraldo (Honduras), Los Tiempos (Bolivia), La Prensa (Nicaragua), CRHoy (Costa Rica), El Pais (Uruguay), Postimees (Estonia), Finmag (Czech Republic), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), Business Day (South Africa), Addis Fortune (Ethiopia), The Punch (Nigeria), Tempi (Italy) and Portfolio (Hungary).

He also discussed reducing our reliance on Russian oil and gas in multiple interviews, including the The Roy Green Show on Canadian radio, the Matters Of Policy & Politics podcast, America Reports, Fox and Friends, The John and Ken Show and Chicago's Morning Answer.

'False Alarm' around the world

Bjorn Lomborg's bestselling book False Alarm* is now available in more than a dozen languages.

Yesterday, the Finnish translation was released at an event in Helsinki. Lomborg addressed the audience with a 20-minute-long video interview about the contents of the book.

Other recently published translations include Spanish, German, and Hungarian.

*As an Amazon Associate Copenhagen Consensus earns from qualifying purchases.

Lomborg on social media:

Climate alarmism leads to bad policies that cost trillions and help little

Data from landfalling US hurricanes show *declining* numbers

Extreme weather events claim 95% fewer lives today than a century ago

You can't make expensive climate policies and expect not to pay

We are badly informed if we only see scary clips but don't look at the overall statistics

The Expanding Bull’s-Eye Effect: more people live in harm's way

More global articles and interviews:

Stop scaring children about the climate!
Financial Post (Canada)

Len zelené energie nám nepomôžu odstrihnúť sa od Ruska. Riešením môže byť frakovanie
Aktuality (Slovakia)

Cero emisiones netas: una promesa billonaria que acentúa la crisis energética
La Prensa Grafica (El Salvador)

Rossz válaszokat adunk a klímaváltozásra
Mandiner (Hungary)

Ne pánikoljunk klíma-világvége miatt
Mandiner (Hungary)

Az atomháborútól kell félni, nem a klímaváltozástól
Mandiner (Hungary)

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to do good in 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, Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and he has worked with many hundreds of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Times of India and China Daily. His monthly columns are published in dozens of newspapers across all continents. 

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