Climate policies need to be affordable for Asia, Africa and Latin America to make a substantial difference on global temperatures


Bjorn Lomborg

When climate data meets cancel culture

Bjorn Lomborg was recently invited by the prestigeous Duke University to give a lecture about his latest book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.*

A group of climate-politicized activists and professors – some who write for the UN Climate Panel – publicly demanded his lecture should be canceled, making wild claims about climate change and against Lomborg that were almost uniformly untrue. Thankfully, Duke didn’t cave to their craven arguments and you can watch the whole lecture here:

The academic and activist faction that sets the threatening tone in the climate conversation want dissent eliminated, leaving themselves the only ones authorized to tell you how scared you should be in order to push their political agenda. To avoid wasting trillions on ineffective policies, we should not let them.

Lomborg wrote about this latest attempt to cancel him and his message for Fox News, The Australian, Berlingske (Denmark) and LinkedIn (which has hyperlinks to all sources including the original letter demanding cancelation). He also discussed this on US and Australian television, e.g. Varney & Co, Fox and Friends, and Sky News.

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A plot against the poor

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pushing carbon tariffs as a key priority of his G-7 presidency this year. The rich world generally approves, because carbon tariffs shift the economic burden of climate policies: they make the poor pay for the rich world's climate policies.

In an article for the largest circulated English-language newspaper in the world, The Times of India, Bjorn Lomborg shows how carbon tariffs also act as back-door protectionism for rich countries. Tragically, they will exacerbate global poverty and deprive the world’s poor of the twin drivers of development, abundant energy and free trade.

The op-ed is also available in Spanish language, with publications e.g. in Mexico (Milenio), Guatemala (El Periodico) and Argentina (Perfil).

Biden's $500 billion climate push is costly but helps little

The Biden Administration wants to spend the equivalent of $1,500 per American per year on climate policies such as electric cars. At the same time, more than half of US citizens are unwilling to pay even $24 per year.

Bjorn Lomborg argues in an interview with Fox News that this is unsustainable. Instead, we need a cheaper and more effective climate approach, focusing on ramping up green R&D. If we can innovate the price of green energy below fossil fuels, countries such as India and China could also afford to lower their emissions.

Yellow-vest protests could become a permanent feature of society

Costly climate policies could end up hurting economies dramatically by cutting growth. Comprehensive studies show that for rich countries, lower growth means higher risks of protests and political breakdown. This isn't surprising. If you live in a burgeoning economy, you know that you and your children will be much better off in the coming years.

If growth is almost absent, the world turns into a zero-sum experience. Better conditions for others likely mean worse conditions for you, resulting in a loss of social cohesion and trust in a worthwhile future. The yellow-vest protests against eco-taxes that have rankled France since 2018 could become a permanent feature of many or most rich societies. Instead of expensive vanity projects, we need green energy innovation to solve climate change.

Lomborg wrote about this for newspapers around the globe, e.g. New York Post, National Post (Canada), The Australian, China Daily, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Berlingske (Denmark), Milenio (Mexico), Perfil (Argentina), La Tercera (Chile), Punch (Nigeria), Business Day (South Africa), Bergens Tidende (Norway), Jakarta Post (Indonesia), Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia), Listin Diario (Dominican Republic), La Prensa (Nicaragua), El Universo (Ecuador) and Los Tiempos (Bolivia).

Finding the best policies for Malawi

Copenhagen Consensus is partnering with the National Planning Commission of Malawi and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) to find the most effective policy solutions for Malawi. Malawi Priorities will facilitate a prioritization of policy options for the country based on cost-benefit analyses. It will also seek to identify interventions that will enable the government to generate more financial resources to finance its development agenda.

New research is being released on a regular basis, and you can already read policy briefs and research papers on topics such as agriculture, nutrition, maternal health and HIV/AIDS.

The findings are also shared with the general public through various media channels.

Lomborg on social media:

Globe continues rapid greening trend

Are droughts getting worse?

Was "Australia ablaze" last year? Actually, 2019-2020 burnt area was among the lowest in 120 years

For animals, the Australian 2019-20 fires were among the least deadly

168m children missed almost a year of classroom schooling due to Covid

What are the costliest problems across past 120 years and next 30?

More global articles and interviews:

Designing better solutions for maternal health
Capital (Ethiopia)

Interview with Larry Kudlow
Fox Business (USA)

‘Climate change is a manageable problem’
spiked (UK)

The Clock is Ticking on TB
World Health Organization

Diese Klimapolitik kostet Deutschland neun Jahre seines Wohlstands
Die Welt (Germany)

Metanje podnebnih bilijonov skozi okno
Finance (Slovenia)

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 Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was named Think Tank of the Year in International Affairs by Prospect Magazine. It has repeatedly been top-ranked by University of Pennsylvania in its global overview of 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 dozens of newspapers across all continents.
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