Uncommon Knowledge: Bjorn Lomborg Declares “False Alarm” on Climate Hysteria


This week, a conversation with Bjorn Lomborg, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, the president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and one of the foremost climate experts in the world today. His new book, False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet, is an argument for treating climate as a serious problem but not an extinction-level event requiring such severe and drastic steps as rewiring a large part of the culture and the economy. Bjorn responds directly to some of the most vociferous climate policy critics, including Greta Thunberg, author David Wallace-Wells (The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming), and proponents of the Green New Deal. We also discuss some promising emerging technologies and why worst-case scenarios are often just that—scenarios that are used to motivate the public into action but are not in fact likely to occur. It’s a sobering and even-handed discussion on climate that does not include apocalyptic endings for the planet.

Recorded on July 24, 2020

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  1. Jules PA Member
    Jules PA

    The weeping sack cloth do-with-less approach to managing the climate simply has little effect.

    “We’ve just shut down almost the entire world, and yet the impact by the end of the century is 1/500th of degree  fahrenheight lower temperatures.” Bjorn Lomborg

    This opens the veil for me on the overreaction to Coronavirus response.

    Restricting human activity to mange earth’s temperature is as stupid as shutting down human activity to stop Coronavirus.

    Shutting down human activity is the antithesis of being Human. Life goes on.

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