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28 Mar2021

A plot against the poor: Beware the carbon tariffs that’ll act as back-door protectionism for rich countries

Published by The Times of India

To tackle climate change, rich nations are promising to end fossil fuel use in 29 years. As this becomes excruciatingly costly, the G7 is now thinking about making the world’s poor pay for it. That’ll go badly. The rich world has seen an incredible development on the back of enormous increases in mostly fossil fuel energy. A couple of hundred years ago, most available power came from backbreaking human work. Even by the end of the 1800s, human labour made up 94% of all industrial work in the US. Today, it constitutes just 8%. If we think of the energy we use in terms of “servants”, each with...

22 Mar2021

Instead of panicking, fight climate change with innovation

Published by China Daily

Across the world, politicians are going out of their way to promise fantastically expensive climate policies. US President Joe Biden has promised to spend US$500 billion each year on climate policies-about 13 percent of the entire federal revenue. And the European Union has vowed to spend 25 percent of its budget to combat climate change. Most rich countries now promise to go carbon neutral by the middle of this century. Shockingly, only one country has made a serious, independent estimate of the cost: New Zealand found it would optimistically cost 16 percent of its GDP by then, equivalent to...

19 Mar2021

Biden's $500 billion climate push is costly but helps little

Published by Fox News

The Biden Administration wants to spend the equivalent of $1,500 per American per year on climate policies such as electric cars. At the same time, more than half of US citizens are unwilling to pay even $24 per year. Bjorn Lomborg argues in an interview with Fox News that this is unsustainable. Instead, we need a cheaper and more effective climate approach, focusing on ramping up green R&D. If we can innovate the price of green energy below fossil fuels, countries such as India and China could also afford to lower their emissions.

15 Mar2021

Bjorn Lomborg: Climate change and cancel culture – here's how left uses fear to push costly, radical policies

Published by Fox News

Across the world, politicians are now promising climate policies costing tens of trillions of dollars – money we don’t have and resources that are desperately needed elsewhere. Yet, climate campaigners tell us, if we don’t spend everything on climate now, nothing else matters, because climate change threatens our very civilization. As President Biden says: climate change is "an existential threat".

16 Feb2021

Blackouts in Texas highlight importance of reliable energy

Published by Fox & Friends

The Texas rolling black-outs have become a Rorschach test where everyone sees what they’d like to see. Wind skeptics point out that wind turbines are frozen, renewable energy campaigners point out that gas, coal and nuclear power plants also cut out. But the much more fundamental point is: Not having enough power when you need it can be deadly. This is relevant for the attempt by the Biden administration to get rid of fossil fuels in the electricity sector by 2035. It will create a lot of problems, especially if it is focused on intermittent renewables. Bjorn Lomborg argued in an interview...

9 Feb2021

John Kerry's private jet use shows how hard it is to actually cut emissions

Published by Fox & Friends

John Kerry's private jet trip across continents to accept a climate award shows that we will never fix climate change with 'just manage with less' slogans. Kerry is really honestly showing us that you can’t just ask people to cut back on flying, cut back on driving, cut back on heating and cooling the house. Dealing with climate change is a lot harder than the slogans would suggest. And even if we all stopped flying and switched to electric cars, the climate impact would be very small. We need a smarter and cheaper approach than the current one offered: an approach that doesn’t cost trillions...

9 Feb2021

Experts say Biden energy policies will drive up electricity prices in the US

Published by Fox News

As you get more renewables, energy for the consumer becomes costlier. In Germany, consumers had to subsidize green energy to the tune of 31 billion euros last year. Little surprise, Germans now pay the highest electricity prices in the world.

9 Feb2021

Biden’s climate ‘fix’ is fantastically expensive and perfectly useless

Published by New York Post

Across the world, politicians are going out of their way to promise fantastically expensive climate policies. President Biden has promised to spend $500 billion each year on climate — about 13 percent of the entire federal revenue. The European Union will spend 25 percent of its budget on climate. Most rich countries now promise to go carbon-neutral by mid-century. Shockingly, only one country has made a serious, independent estimate of the cost: New Zealand found it would optimistically cost 16 percent of its GDP by then, equivalent to the entire current New Zealand budget.

2 Feb2021

Joe Biden’s climate plan will do ‘virtually nothing’

Published by Sky News

I joined Sky News Australia earlier today to discuss Joe Biden's climate policy proposals and commitments to net-zero emissions from politicians around the world.

22 Jan2021

Why the Paris Agreement is a 'bad deal' for addressing climate change

Published by Fox & Friends

Joe Biden's climate alarm is poorly founded. Take hurricanes. Last year, you undoubtedly heard that climate change made hurricanes “record-setting.” Actually, 2020 was above average in the North Atlantic partly because of the natural La Niña phenomenon, and only record-setting in that satellites could spot more storms. When measured by total hurricane-damage potential, the 2020 North Atlantic was not even in the top 10. And almost everywhere else on the planet, hurricanes were far below average. Globally, 2020 ranked as one of the weakest hurricane years in the 40-year satellite record...

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