Paris won't work: Trump’s executive order exposes what we have known for a while


Bjorn Lomborg

Trump's energy order won't ruin the planet

President Trump's executive order on energy and climate
policies has induced much criticism from environmental groups. In USA Today, Lomborg shows that the scrapped Clean Power Plan would only ever have reduced temperature rises by 0.023°F (0.013°C) at the end of this century.
Trump's order shows that the Paris climate treaty is merely a toothless "paper tiger" which can't fix global warming.
For that, we need green R&D.
The article is also available in Italian (Il Sole 24 Ore) and Spanish (Semana Sostenible, Colombia).

Data to find middle ground

A sad reality of this hyper-partisan, politicized era is that many policy proposals are immediately identified as either “left-wing” or “right-wing” and lauded and derided by partisans as if by rote, with little room for discussion about soundness or impact. But there is an alternative:
Using data to help us focus on the policies and investments that would have the biggest positive impact on society.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including Arab News (Saudi Arabia), New Vision (Uganda), Times of Oman and Finmag (Czech Republic).

"Earth Hour" just feel-good

One billion people around the world recently switched off the lights for one hour. It is meant as a political statement against climate change. But this "Earth Hour," as Lomborg explained in an op-ed for USA Today, is just a feel-good exercise: Not only does it absolutely nothing for the planet. It also ignores the reality that what the world’s poorest need right now is more light and energy, not darkness.

The article was also published in Børsen (Denmark) and newspapers across Latin America, including Milenio (Mexico) and El Universal (Venezuela).

Doing Good Better

What is the best you can do for the world with limited means? Here is the answer, as Bjorn Lomborg presents the research of more than 80 of the world's top economists across all areas.
Introduced by Stewart Brand (of Whole Earth Catalogue fame) as the "world's leading do-good geek", you can watch Lomborg deliver his 50min talk to a full auditorium in San Francisco at the The Long Now Foundation.

The smartest solutions for Haiti

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is releasing new research papers written by top Haitian and international scholars, which explore a vast range of different policy options for the nation.

In Huffington Post, Lomborg introduces the Haiti Priorise project and writes about the research findings on e-voting to improve the election process, combating deforestation and pollution, improving Haiti’s emergency response network, girls' education, opportunities to reduce poverty, and closing the digital gap.

The articles were also printed in Haiti's biggest newspaper, Le Nouvelliste (in French language).

Intervention Benefit (USD) Cost (USD) BCR
E-Voting 90,954,010 17,068,000 5.3

Interventions BCR
Optimal agro-silviculture 3.0
Carbon pricing Infrastructure 1.4
Biogas scale up 2.2
Improved charcoal and wood stoves 3.9
LPG and ethanol stoves for households currently cooking with wood 1.3
LPG and ethanol stoves for households cooking with charcoal 2.2

Interventions BCR
Urban Ambulance network 7.8
National ambulance network 2.8
First responders and paramedics 15.8

Intervention BCR
Scholarship to improve girls’ school retention 4.4

Intervention BCR
Graduation 3.1
Microfinance 1.2

Intervention BCR
Complete immunization of children 0-1 13

Intervention BCR
Vocational training 2
Civics 5
Gap,year of vocational and civics 4

Intervention BCR
National Transmission Network 6
Distribution Networks 10

More global articles and interviews:

Doing Good Better

The world turns off its lights for one hour... But in India it happens all the time, so what's the point?
The Daily Mail

Every Book Recommendation Bill Gates Has Ever Published
(includes Lomborg's How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place)

Dansk ekspert sviner verdensomspændende kampagne: Det er både nytteløst og hyklerisk
Ekstra Bladet (Denmark)

Eine hohe Rendite für die Menschheit
Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland)

Bekymret klimaforsker: Havde Lomborg alligevel ret?
Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)

Admitir lo que no sabemos resolver: los puntos ciegos del desarrollo
Los Tiempos (Bolivia)

Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

New study shows how far 2°C Paris promise is from reality

Fewer poor, even in absolute numbers

Famines are mostly a thing of the past

Where should you spend your career time to do the most good?

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 works regularly 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 a 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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