Bjorn Lomborg

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17 Apr2013

'Un día el automóvil eléctrico será un gran producto, pero no ahora'

Published by El Tiempo

2013-04-17 Durante décadas, la idea de un automóvil eléctrico ha conquistado la imaginación de innovadores -incluidos desde hace más de un siglo Henry Ford y Thomas Edison. Celebridades, expertos y líderes políticos han proyectado estos vehículos como la apoteosis de un futuro responsable con el medioambiente. La canciller alemana, Ángela Merkel, anunció que habría un millón de automóviles eléctricos en la Autobahn para 2020. Del mismo modo, el presidente Barack Obama aseguró que habría un millón de autos eléctricos en los Estados Unidos -pero cinco años antes. En efecto, algún día el...

11 Apr2013

The Electric Car’s Short Circuit

Published by Project Syndicate

2013-04-11 Someday, the electric car will, indeed, be a great product – just not now. It costs too much; it is inconvenient; and its environmental benefits are negligible (and, in some cases, non-existent)...

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...