Revisiting Lomborg The Skeptical Environmentalist

Bjorn Lomborg wrote The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the true state of the world between 1997 and 2001 in association with his students and other colleagues after he read this statement by Julian Simon, did not believe it, and decided to test it.

This is my long run forecast in brief.
The material conditions of life will continue to get better for most people, in most countries, most of the time, indefinitely. Within a century or two all nations and most of humanity will be at or above today’s Western living standards.
I also speculate, however, that many people will continue to think and say that the conditions of life are getting worse.

The 500 page book that emerged from his labours indeed demonstrated that almost everywhere and in most ways the human and environmental situation was on the up according to the best available evidence.The most obvious improvements in the west are in air and water quality, in the developing world it is life span and exit from grinding poverty.

As Simon predicted the doomsayers were not impressed. Of course there are devastating droughts, storms and floods as there always will be but they have not cancelled out the record of progress and they will not prevent more progress.

Good evidence refutes lies and so there was no place in the Australian universities for a unit led by Lomborg to do rigorous cost/benefit analysis.

Buy or borrow this magisterial work if you can, dip into it and enjoy it!

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6 Responses to Revisiting Lomborg The Skeptical Environmentalist

  1. stackja

    It seems according to ‘accepted wisdom’, lies win out.

  2. a happy little debunker

    Who knew that we’d be facing a climate change extinction apocalypse?

    31 years after James Hansen turned off the air conditioning in Congress, to prove how much global warming was an issue
    31 years of climate science that has not been further refined from the Montreal Protocol.

    I do wonder if my global warming anxiousness and climate change depression will afford me a disability pension, under a Shorten Government?

  3. Petros

    The Tocqueville effect.

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Good evidence refutes lies and so there was no place in the Australian universities for a unit led by Lomborg to do rigorous cost/benefit analysis.

    Of course there is not. Until we vote in a government prepared to tie funding to free intellectual discussion of climatic issues, then we will continue to live by the religion of runaway climatic apocalypse.

    Confusing the issue of a very shaky scientific ‘consensus’ on the ‘greenhouse’ vision of CO2 increase (a great many genuine scientists think the issue is seriously overblown) with obvious particulate pollution, the plastic debris from the third world currently floating in our oceans and other forms of environmental degradation is so easy for neo-communist greenies.

    97% of scientific illiterates believe in the climatic cult. That is the only 97% figure that may be valid when it comes to any ‘consensus’.

    Genuine apolitical scientists fall on both sides of this debate with large numbers supporting each side, and the arguments between these are the only ones that really count.

  5. Herodotus

    The BBC gave gushing coverage overnight to the concepts of refreezing the poles, and spraying salt water into the atmosphere!
    Yes, really. They did.

  6. Paul Farmer

    When Uwa pulled out of the climate consensus centre the libs should have pushed on anyway and made it an extension of the csiro . That would have armed them up with facts to keep the climate debate real in Australia rather then the debate being centred on factually incorrect nonsense spewed out by organisations like get up. An opportunity missed …….one of the biggest disappointments of this election campaign is the inability of the libs to totally destroy labor with facts and reason on their insane climate policies and renewables . One can only conclude their heart isn’t in sensible debate on this topic and they have willingly drunk the kool aid of the left. It has been said before on this forum and it is totally true , global warming is just a means to usher in socialism through the back door under the guise of environmentalism and it is failure the libs as a party can’t see it for what it is .

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