Another wonderfully insightful, common sense, non-alarmist discussion from Bjorn Lomborg in his “Cars, Bombs, and Climate Change”
If we are to have a constructive dialogue about the smartest policy responses to global warming, we need to replace our fixation on far-fetched, Armageddon scenarios with realism about the true costs of dealing with this challenge.
Following are MY views, not Lomborg’s:
It’s clear to me that we have probably never seen in the history of science so much officially sanctioned alarmist nonsense as we have with climate change. It’s not that there is no threat – there is a threat – it’s just that the climate issues are very likely of less consequence than far more pressing catastrophic issues such as nuclear proliferation, possible economic collapse, and most importantly poverty and health conditions in many parts of the developing world – conditions that will at least in the short term require fossil fuels to help.
Perhaps even more importantly it’s absurd to think that China will “go along” with the developed world with respect to CO2 reductions. They won’t and it’s naive to think this will change with any types of political pressure.
THEREFORE, we need to be thinking of ways to do the following:
1. Help solve pressing issues such as our own economic challenges, global instability, and continued massive poverty in undeveloed regions. Working to modify some crazy trade barriers is a good start as well as strategic redirection of defense spending to actually provide for our defense rather than raise the stakes as so far has been done during the Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama war spending sprees (in fairness Obama cannot yet be blamed for his massive spending. His new policies may work or they may not – we don’t have enough data. I would argue that the policies of the past failed to achieve a positive return on the massive investments).
More about military spending … later …
In the meantime we need to be adapting to climate change. Luckily that’s not all that difficult. Today I have already adapted to a temperature change of about 50 degrees F. Since the best estimates of global warming say we’ll have about a HUNDREDTH of that temperature change happening in the next decade , I’m pretty sure I can keep the family alive. If you want suggestions just send a self addressed stamped envelope to “Joe’s Climate Advice”, Talent, Oregon.