Bjorn Lomborg

Get the facts straight

2 Apr2013

Are electric cars improving?

Published by BBC

BBC Radio 4, Today programme Few things polarise opinion more than the electric car. It is either a great way to save the planet or a really bad way to get from A to B? The Today programme's Evan Davis wanted to find out more, and took a ride in one with an enthusiast and a sceptic. Bjorn Lomborg, the so-called Sceptical Environmentalist, having written a book of that name, has made a career attacking what he thinks are the irrationalities of the green movement. He is not a fan of electric cars. Ian Hobday, who runs Liberty Electric Cars, took Evan and Mr Lomborg for a ride...

31 Mar2013

The joy of global warming

Published by The Sunday Times

2013-03-31 Bjorn Lomborg's article in The Sunday Times As I fly into a snow-bound Britain, I realise that you might be asking where global warming has gone as you shiver in the coldest March for 50 years and wonder what you will do if gas has to be rationed. I have been involved in the climate debate for more than a decade, but I am still amazed at how wrong we get it. Let us try to restart our thinking on global warming. Yes, global warming is real and mostly man-made, but our policies have failed predictably and spectacularly. (...)...

27 Mar2013

Oślepieni światłem

Published by Racjonalista

2013-03-22 Wieczorem 23 marca 1,3 miliarda ludzi będzie bez światła o 20:30, o 21:30 i o 22:30, jak też przez resztę nocy — jak w każdy inny wieczór o każdej porze roku. Bez dostępu do elektryczności ciemność po zachodzie słońca jest dla tych ludzi codzienną rzeczywistością...

26 Mar2013

First, Make Green Energy Cheap

Published by Wall Street Journal

2013-03-26 We've been tackling global warming badly for 20 years. And for a very simple reason: because we essentially try to tell people, "Could you please stop with all that fossil-fuel stuff?" The problem, of course, is fossil fuels are what power pretty much everything we like about civilization. We're not burning fossil fuels to annoy Al Gore. We're burning them because it makes us rich. Trying to tell people not to do that is a hard sell. (...)...

23 Mar2013

Cegos pela luz

Published by Negocios

2013-03-23 A Hora do Planeta diz-nos que lidar com o aquecimento global é fácil. No entanto, ao apagarmos as luzes, a única coisa que estamos a fazer é ficar com mais dificuldades em ver.

22 Mar2013

Earth Hour: millions prepare to switch off the lights

Published by The Guardian

2013-03-22 The Guardian, by Jessica Aldred. Thousands of cities and towns across the world, including major landmarks, to turn off lights to show concern for the environment Earth Hour is here again, and WWF is calling on hundreds of millions of people in thousands of cities and towns around the world to switch off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm local time on Saturday 23 March to show their concern for the environment. (...) This year, Prof Bjorn Lomborg, a prominent critic of the economic cost of dealing with climate change, has warned the gesture will do little to help the planet and...

14 Mar2013

Blinded by the Light

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-03-14 NEW YORK – On the evening of March 23, 1.3 billion people will go without light at 8:30, and at 9:30, and at 10:30, and for the rest of the night – just like every other night of the year. With no access to electricity, darkness after sunset is a constant reality for these people. On the same evening, another billion will participate in the environmental event “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights from 8:30-9:30. (...)...

14 Mar2013

"Skeptical Environmentalist" opposes propping up EU carbon credits

Published by Reuters

2013-03-14 "Propping the price of carbon permits is wrong," said Bjorn Lomborg, director of Copenhagen Consensus Center, a think tank, and an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School. He said higher carbon prices would damage the EU economy and would not help to achieve any significant climate goals...

11 Mar2013

Green Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret

Published by Wall Street Journal

2013-03-11 Electric cars have garnered a reputation as “zero emissions” vehicles --- but Bjorn Lomborg presents facts and figures that demonstrate the exact opposite. He shows that electric cars are hugely carbon intensive to manufacture. They have an extremely short driving distance, which means they are unreliable – so most consumers have not been interested in purchasing them (even with a generous tax credits of up to $7500). Added to all of this, the cars barely differ from conventional cars as measured by their carbon emissions...

7 Mar2013

Bjorn Lomborg's testimony to Congress

Published by US Congress

2013-03-07 Bjorn Lomborg was asked to testify before the House Subcommittee on Environment of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology on March 6, 2013. Unfortunately, the hearing had to be postponed because of snow, but you can read his presentation about "Policy Relevant Climate Issues in Context."...