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Lomborg Says His Positions on Climate Haven’t Changed

I missed this, but Politico noted it this morning. Bjorn Lomborg, who caused quite a stir last month when the Guardian reported he had a change of heart on his long-time position on climate change, says his positions haven’t changed at all.

In a Sept. 15 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Lomborg accused the Guardian of taking his comments out of context.

So, to clear things up, here’s what Lomborg believes: cutting greenhouse gas emissions through some kind of cap on carbon emissions is “woefully ineffective” in terms of economics. “[W]hile every dollar spent on fighting malnutrition would yield nearly $20 in benefits, every dollar spent on cutting carbon would avoid much less than a dollar of global warming damage,” Lomborg said in the op-ed.

Instead, he said, the best option is to invest in green technology, or as Lomborg puts it, “making green energy so cheap everyone wants it.” Lomborg says that’s where the Guardian got it wrong:

What happened next was startling. The Guardian reported my commonplace observation as evidence of “an apparent U-turn” by “the world’s most high-profile climate change skeptic.” This set off a media stampede; news organizations around the world scrambled to report my so-called change of heart.

I tried to explain that I had always considered climate change to be a problem. The only thing that had changed was that we finally had some good solutions to consider. Some people took the point, but just as many didn’t. As far as the latter group was concerned, I had finally seen the light, and that was that.

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