Lomborg: Leave Global Warming to Our Kids Because It's Too Expensive for Us

Thu, 2006-09-28 08:20Ross Gelbspan
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Lomborg: Leave Global Warming to Our Kids Because It's Too Expensive for Us

Notorious skeptic Bjorn Lomborg recently testified in Congress at the request of Sen. James  (“Global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American People”) Inhofe.  Predictably, Lomborg called on the APAC 6 to ignore Kyoto because it's too expensive – without any recognition of all the wealth and jobs a global transition to clean energy would create.  And nowhere does he justify his outrageous assertion that addressing climate change will cost $5 to $8 trillion. His sponsors, in this case APAC, include four of the world's mightiest coal giants – Australia, China, Inda  and the US – which just might account for his financial obfuscation!

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"Predictably, Lomborg called on the APAC 6 to ignore Kyoto because it's too expensive -- without any recognition of all the wealth and jobs a global transition to clean energy would create."

Ever hear of the "broken window" fallacy?   Or read Bastiat's essay "What is Seen and What is Not Seen"?

I'll go ahead and answer for you: no, you haven't.

It's not obvious to me, or to anyone with a basic understanding of economics, that a global transition to clean energy would create wealth and jobs at all.  What you see in your mind, for example, is engineering jobs created to seek sources of clean energy.  What you do fail to see is that these are resources that are currently applied to other projects -- for example, seeking sources of clean water for millions that lack it. 

It is more than a little dishonest to describe Lomborg's argument as "leave global warming to our kids because it's too expensive for us".  Rather, it is "Leave global warming to our kids because it's too expensive for us; instead, let's put our efforts toward eliminating human misery the best we can.  Then our wealthier, healthier, better-educated, better-equipped children can deal with global warming."

But I suppose it's easier to dismiss him as a stooge.

First, what if there's not time to eliminate human misery before addressing global warming?  I've most recently seen that one more degree of heating in the arctic will be too much, and with the massive inertia in Earth systems that doesn't give us much time to get cracking.

 You suggest that addressing GW now would pull resources from other humanitarian projects.  However, this could instead be the answer to the currently unstoppable military-industrial complex.  I don't see how it could be accomplished, but imagine how quickly GW could be solved if all the power now turned to weapons and destruction could be turned to saving the planet for humans (and most other living things).  Without taking anyone from current humanitarian projects.

how bout this one for ya- Global warming does not exist on a ratio you might think. You see, war is actually very important to eventual global peace, and especially, for current survival. you wish to have humanitarian projects, and increase their funds via cancelling war? you are retarded. cancel war and kiss your free ass goodbye. if you want more funds for humanitarian things, i think that’s fantastic. get them by cancelling the EPA. They wasted over 500 Billion Dollars from 1970 to 1990 on an air-cleaning rampage that 90% of the EPA Scientific Advisory Committee agreed was dubbed “a worthless effort”. Assuming a human life is valued at $5,000,000… the EPA’s waste of $523 B during that time theoretically KILLED over 100,000 people. Why don’t you put THAT in your pipe and smoke it. I hate under-educated bandwagon Democrats. You should all be shot.
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