Last week, “The Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjørn Lomborg announced that he was skeptical no more. Timed with the release of his new book “Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits” Lomborg now says that the world needs an investment of $100 Billion a year to fight global warming. Lomborg denies this is a total reversal of his position, considering he never denied the reality of climate change, just the severity of its impacts and cost-effectiveness of attempts to mitigate it. Nevertheless, Lomborg’s switching sides has made headlines, though Class M‘s James Hrynyshyn wonders if someone who has gotten the science of climate change spectacularly wrong in the past will be a useful ally. To get a sense of Lomborg’s original position, check out these two posts from 2009 that appeared on the earlier incarnation of James’ blog: The Island of Doubt.
Class MAugust 31, 2010
“Much is being and will be written about Bjorn Lomborg’s volte face on climate change. After a decade of denial — not of the reality of anthropogenic warming, but of the threat it poses to civiliation — the Skeptical Environmentalist now says: ‘If we care about the environment and about leaving this planet and its inhabitants with the best possible future, we actually have only one option: we all need to start seriously focusing, right now, on the most effective ways to fix global warming.'”
The Island of DoubtNovember 4, 2009
“(Pseudo)-Skeptical Environmental Bjorn Lomborg advises in the Wall Street Journal that spending money on anti-malarial campaigns makes more sense than, and by implication is morally superior to, spending money on cutting carbon emissions”
The Island of DoubtMarch 11, 2009
“There’s a good reason why of all the consequences of anthropogenic global warming, nothing garners as much attention as sea level rise — with the possible exception of those darn charismatic polar bears, that is.”