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Monday, March 22, 2010

Author Bjørn Lomborg, whose books include The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, talks about why he's skeptical of the proposed solutions to global warming.

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Bjørn Lomborg

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Comments [12]

JP from NJ

Niya from NYC

In all due respect let’s be realistic, the time it would take to convince all realigns and civilizations to use condoms and turn into vegetarians the environment will be long past the ability to support humans and cockroaches will be ruling the land… It’s a noble idea and the right thing to do in the end. But how could you even realistically impose something like that on the entire world population that has so many different views and beliefs and are more then happy to go to war over their views and beliefs?

Mar. 22 2010 12:05 PM
Niya from NYC

Wondering what is the effect of the heat radiating from the biomass of humans and just food animals on global warming. How far would population control and a change to vegetarian/vegan living go toward reducing global warming? I concerned that, until we humanely change ourselves, the rest is just commentary.

Mar. 22 2010 11:21 AM
JP from NJ

Finally, an environmentalist that’s not living in a fairytale land… I’m currently working on a family of wind turbines for a company in North America. We can build wind turbines until the cows come home but without new transmission lines leading to where the wind turbines would be the most effective and without making so badly needed updates to a failing US electric grid, we might as well turn the wind turbines into billboards and sell advertisement with them. It’s very difficult if not impossible to push a cart with a horse or a donkey or an elephant or a jackass, etc, etc, etc…..

Mar. 22 2010 11:18 AM
Aneece from brooklyn

What non scientist journalists never seem to recognize that uncertainty goes BOTH ways. They always let these people highlight that AGQ may not be as bad as predicted. But the probability curve has a FAT tale. Catastrophic effects are far more likely than less sever effects.

Error bars go both ways!

Mar. 22 2010 10:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I appreciate what Lomborg is saying, esp. about the immediate needs of poor people. But w/the ice caps melting faster than expected & the likely release of large amounts of methane & accelerating global climate disruption, we can't afford to wait till the better tech is available. We need to do what we can now, in addition to working on improving the technology.

Mar. 22 2010 10:57 AM
hjs from 11211

just tax carbon use and tax imports from countries that don't have a carbon-use tax

Mar. 22 2010 10:55 AM
Uos from Queens

great points made..

the people who are on the other side, cutting carbon etc all seem to want to sell you something right now.

costly and ineffective.

Mar. 22 2010 10:55 AM
Meryl from Brooklyn NY

PLease talk about population and it's effect on global warming and poverty.

Mar. 22 2010 10:53 AM
hjs from 11211


how many climate refugees will be coming here?

Mar. 22 2010 10:52 AM
RLewis from bowery

This guy is absolutely right... too bad he has no power to make any change. Kinda undercuts his whole argument. Tell him to run for office. As long as he's not alone on this planet he is going to have to compromise with the rest of us. Didn't he learn anything from the healthcare debate?

Mar. 22 2010 10:51 AM
Karen from South Harlem

It's practically heresy to descry the inefficiency of industrial wind turbines. So glad to have a bit more oomph from your guest to bolster my arguments. I lament the likely prospect of obsolete wind turbines rusting in the sky for countless generations of humans to come.

Mar. 22 2010 10:51 AM
bob


Is he familiar with the following article?

The Wrong Kind of Green
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100322/hari

And what does he think of Nobel Laureate Krugman's assessment of Global Warming and Cap and Trade?

Mar. 22 2010 10:51 AM

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