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Copenhagen Consensus Project makes Bjorn Lomborg see importance of cutting carbon

A well-known climate change skeptic has changed his mind regarding the importance of global warming, and in his new book, he is urging the spending of over $100 billion annually to help fight warming.

Bjorn Lomborg, an academic and environmental author, has held a strong opposing opinion against global warming for some time now, writing books such as "The Skeptical Environmentalist." In this book, he argues against claims regarding certain aspects of global warming, species loss, water shortages, etc. It was a controversial book when it was first published in Danish in 1998, then in English (2001).

In addition, Lomborg has campaigned against the Kyoto Protocol, which is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that fights global warming. He has stated that humans should adapt to short-term climate rises, since they are inevitable, instead of trying to cut carbon emissions in the short-term. 

After making so many controversial statements and making his opinion against the importance of global warming known, Lomborg has now switched teams and makes this new vision clear in his upcoming book, "Smart Solutions to Climate Change," which will be published next month. 

Lomborg never denied the human role in global warming, but always argued that trying to counter climate change should be a "low priority" when it comes to government spending. Now, in his new book, Lomborg says fighting climate change is a priority and that over $100 billion should be spent annually to address the issue. 

"The point I've always been making is it's not the end of the world," said Lomborg. "That's why we should be measuring up to what everybody else says, which is we should be spending our money well."

So what made him change his mind? According to Lomborg, the Copenhagen Consensus project, which is where a group of economists are asked to consider the best way to spend $50 billion, made him reconsider global warming's importance. He noted that in 2004, global warming was put near the bottom of the list, and in 2008, new ideas for fighting global warming made it about halfway up the list. Lomborg then stated that he "decided to consider a much wider variety of policies to reduce global warming, so it wouldn't end up at the bottom." 

Lomborg now proposes a global carbon tax to raise $250 billion annually, where $100 billion will be spent on clean energy research and development, $50 billion on climate change adaptation and $1 billion on low-cost geo-engineering solutions. He wants the rest to be spent on better healthcare in poor countries and cleaner water. 

"Lomborg has acknowledged the need for public spending on man-made climate change," said Mike Childs, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner. "He is right that wind, wave and solar are the energy industries in the future and need much greater support from governments. A carbon tax to raise funds is undoubtedly part of the solution, but regulation and public spending also have their place.

"But he is still dangerously attracted to pursuing the cheapest, more risky geo-engineering solutions, is putting too much faith in future technologies and R&D, and is not giving enough support to the urgent need to reduce current emissions through rapid deployment of existing solutions and behavioral changes."

A Greenpeace spokesperson noted that while Lomborg's cross to the other side is welcomed, it's about two decade too late, and it's hard for some groups to take him seriously. According to the Guardian, some have dismissed Lomborg as "politically naive." Lomborg was an anchor in the climate change skeptic community, and his change of mind is sure to rock the boat. 

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Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By clovell on 8/31/2010 2:49:48 PM , Rating: 4
Who wants to bring the beer?

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By RugMuch on 8/31/2010 2:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
Are we going to sit around a large campfire? If so I'll bring the beer.

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By clovell on 8/31/2010 2:59:09 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, yeah, there's definitely going to be lots of flames here...

So, beer - check.

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By Mitch101 on 8/31/2010 3:10:08 PM , Rating: 2
Might as well start a betting pool on the number of climate change flame posts that will get made.

Im down for $5.00 on 180 posts in 3 days.

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By clovell on 8/31/2010 3:17:58 PM , Rating: 2
Nice - but, unless this thread gets BBQ'd, too, posts in here won't count. I'm good for $10 on... I'll be optimistic - 275, but I need 5 days.

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By SPOOFE on 9/1/2010 7:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
The funny part is so far the real action has been about taxes and "wealth redistribution".

Oh well; Dailytech has clearly realized that climate change stories get a lot of views and action. We're just pouring ad money into their pockets, aren't we? :D

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By clovell on 9/2/2010 11:07:32 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I thought this article kinda bombed, too. If only I could get some of the folks who commented on the same article at Huffing Post over here.... I might still be able to win that bet.

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By Mitch101 on 9/3/2010 12:31:05 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like we both overbid. You still have a day but its not looking promising.

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By Wy White Wolf on 8/31/2010 2:52:53 PM , Rating: 3
I thought you were bringing the beer and was bringing the chips? Dang, I forgot the chips.

Give me a slice of that 100B and maybe I won't forget next time.

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By clovell on 8/31/2010 3:00:23 PM , Rating: 2
Even though you thought you were bringing the chips, you still forgot em? I think you've had enough beer already...

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By tdktank59 on 8/31/2010 3:25:06 PM , Rating: 2
Ill bring the wood, got a whole Chord in my backyard lol

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By rcc on 8/31/2010 5:39:07 PM , Rating: 2
How musical of you. Could you bring a cord instead, it'll burn better. : )

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By ekv on 9/1/2010 1:17:58 PM , Rating: 2

Of course, it depends on what musical instrument he plays. A Bassoon, aka fagott, was named (partly) from the phrase "a bundle of sticks".

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By ekv on 9/1/2010 1:59:40 PM , Rating: 1
For those of you downrating me ...

1) look up "fagott" in a musical dictionary, or even wikipedia.

2) it is a common joke amongst musicians. I bet you don't play music, huh.

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By rcc on 9/2/2010 12:44:23 PM , Rating: 1
I lived in the UK for a few years back in the late 60s, early 70s. At the time, in England, the term meant a bundle of sticks or firewood. It was also used in the stort form as slang for a cigarette.

So, saying "have you got a fag" in Berkshire was much different than saying it in San Francisco.

Language is a funny thing, particularly between nations that nominally speak the same one.

RE: Popcorn & Lawnchairs
By CZroe on 8/31/2010 5:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
I don't drink... but for 100B, I'll gladly change my opinion.


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