November 15, 2010

PITY THE MALTHUSIANS:

Gores global-warming geeks (Kyle Smith, 11/11/10, NY Post)

Bjorn Lomborg, who (like Al Gore) is not a climatologist but a gadfly with training in political science, says global warming is an important problem and praises Gore for drawing attention to the issue with "An Incovenient Truth." But "Cool It" -- complete with its own slide show and witty graphics -- amounts to a devastating rebuttal to Gore-ism. [...]

Lomborg, a blond who looks like a Beach Boy, started on his journey when he read a book by Julian Simon that laid out all the ways in which the world was getting better -- man was producing more food, reducing pollution, etc. Preposterous!

Lomborg spent six months trying to refute the book, failed, and decided to adapt his perception of reality to fit the facts. Now he deploys a slide show pointing out that the most common solution to global warming -- the cap-and-trade system backed by Enron, GE and BP -- would have a massive price tag, but few benefits.

He reckons that a dollar spent fighting HIV/AIDS would lead to $40 worth of benefit in the developing world, a dollar spent taking on malaria would have $14 or so worth of benefit -- but implementing the Kyoto plan would yield only 25 cents in benefits for every dollar in costs.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2010 6:26 AM
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