Bjorn Lomborg

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Lomborg's op-ed in The Australian: Cut the carbon later on


Cutting future emissions is much cheaper than slashing present ones, argues Bjorn Lomborg

AT its heart, much of the debate over climate change deals with just one divisive and vexing question: How big should cuts in carbon emissions be? This narrow focus makes the debate unconstructive. Everybody wants to prevent global warming and the real question is: How can we do that best? We should be open to other ways to stop warming, such as cutting carbon emissions in the future instead of now or focusing on reducing emissions of other greenhouse gases. Global warming will create significant problems, so carbon reductions offer significant benefits. Cutting carbon emissions, however, requires a reduction in the basic energy use that underpins modern society, so it also will mean significant costs. (...) 

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