For a while there, Bjorn Lomborg seemed to make a certain amount of sense when speaking about climate change issues. Trained as a statistician, he correctly pointed out the uncertainty that should have been acknowledged by the scientists making wild claims about global warming, its effects and the supposed solutions. His emphasis on investment in adaptation was also well founded.
But the attraction of celebrity status seems to have gone to his head – check out his personal website – and he is about to release his own version of An Inconvenient Truth, a film called Cool It! Cool … or not.
Without doubt, his wackiest idea is that the world (mmmmm) should invest some $100 billion dollars to encourage the development of low cost and efficient means of alternative energy. This massive amount of money – gravy trains come on down – would be doled out to universities and research organisations. And, gosh, may be they will be able to override the laws of thermodynamics as well. It gives PICKING WINNERS new meaning altogether.