Bjorn Lomborg

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28 May2014

Grøn cirkelslutning

Published by Borsen

Forleden morgen vågnede vi op til en stor nyhed. Politiken skrev, at prisen for et fossilfrit Danmark kan holdes nede på omkring 1000 kr. per dansker per år i 2050. Det havde...

20 May2014

Setting the Right Global Goals

Published by Economic Times/Times of India

COPENHAGEN – The world has generally become a much better place during the last half-century. Skeptics will scoff at the idea of overall improvement, but the numbers don’t lie. The task we face now is to make the world even better. There are many reasons for this progress – not the least being rapid economic development, especially in China. But there has also been a concerted international effort, reflected in the Millennium Development Goals, which the United Nations adopted in 2000 to make the world a better place by 2015. The MDGs set 18 sharp and mostly achievable...

7 May2014

Lomborg discusses the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals in the New York Times

Published by New York Times

At the U.N., a Free-for-All on Setting Global Goals MAY 6, 2014 by Eduardo Porter "There are, of course, better and worse ideas. Bjorn Lomborg of the Copenhagen Consensus, who achieved renown by arguing that current efforts to cut carbon emissions to slow climate change cost too much and deliver too little, argues that many of the new targets also fail the test. He has been making the rounds among diplomats, showing them the results of cost-benefit analyses of some of the ideas on the table..."

17 Apr2014

Global Warming’s Upside-Down Narrative

Published by Project Syndicate

NEW YORK – When politicians around the world tell the story of global warming, they cast it as humanity’s greatest challenge. But they also promise that it is a challenge that they can meet at low cost, while improving the world in countless other ways. We now know that is nonsense. CommentsView/Create comment on this paragraphPolitical heavyweights from US Secretary of State John Kerry to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon call climate change “the greatest challenge of our generation.” If we fail to address it, Kerry says, the costs will be “catastrophic.”...

14 Apr2014


Published by Huffington Post

2014-04-14 原子力発電に背を向け再生エネルギーへと向かうドイツのエネルギーヴェンデ(大転換)は、福島原発事故後の日本のモデルとして何度も言及されています。しかし、ドイツのエネルギー政策は、低所得層にツケを回す上に、気候変動を防ぐ方法としても不十分です。 ドイツ政府は最近、690万世帯がエネルギー貧困の状態にあり、収入の10%以上を光熱費に充てていることを認めました。これは、主として再生エネルギー賦課金のせいなのです。今年、ドイツの消費者は、いわゆる「再生エネルギー再割当負担金」として、通常の電気料金に加えて236億ユーロ(約3兆3700億円)という莫大な金額をグリーン・エネルギーの助成のために支払うことになるでしょう。この負担金は2008年は1キロワット時1.64円だったのが、2014年に入って8.9円へと急騰したのです。この結果、新たに140万世帯がエネルギー貧困に苦しむことになりました。。。 Read on Huffington Post Japan

17 Mar2014

Germany’s energy policy is expensive, harmful and short-sighted

Published by Financial Times

2014-03-17 Germany is a showcase for how-not-to in green energy. It is pumping hundreds of billions of euros into subsidies for ineffective and unreliable solar panels and wind turbines that leave poor people struggling to pay their electricity bills and do almost nothing for the climate.

17 Mar2014

The Poverty of Renewables

Published by Project Syndicate

2014-03-17 MIAMI – According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Climate change harms the poor first and worst.” This is true, because the poor are the most vulnerable and have the least resources with which to adapt. But we often forget that current policies to address global warming make energy much more costly, and that this harms the world’s poor much more. Read the article online.

15 Feb2014

The Davos Apocalypse

Published by Project Syndicate

2014-02-14 FORT LAUDERDALE – At the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos last month, leading participants called for a rapid shift to cleaner energy to tackle climate change. There is something unsettling about the global power elite jetting into an exclusive Swiss ski resort and telling the rest of the world to stop using fossil fuels. (...)

13 Feb2014

Quel état du monde en 2050?

Published by La Tribune

Quel état du monde en 2050? 2014-02-13, BJORN LOMBORG La Tribune, France. Point par point, une évaluation de la situation de la planète et de ses habitants d'ici à 2050. Des raisons de ne pas sombrer dans le pessimisme... Par Bjorn Lomborg, directeur, Copenhaguen Consensus Center. Vivrons-nous mieux en 2050 que nos prédécesseurs en 1900 ? Le débat sur l'évolution du monde, que ce soit en bien ou en pire, n'est pas nouveau. Ce sujet a été longuement débattu par les scientifiques et les philosophes depuis plusieurs siècles. De Malthus à The Limits to Growth, les pessimistes n'...

10 Feb2014

Obama energy policy hurts African poor

Published by USA Today

2014-02-08 Is it fair to use climate policies to keep poor people poor? It is great to electrify Africa. But not with renewables. If Obama spends the next $10 billion on gas electrification, he can help lift 90 million people out of energy poverty. If he only uses renewables, the same $10 billion can help just 20 million-27 million people. Using renewables, we will deliberately choose to leave more than 60 million people in darkness and poverty.