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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...

21 Jan2021

Digitisation, best way forward

Published by The Daily Graphic

Of course, no government, no matter how rich or powerful, can do all things. Even President Akufo-Addo will have to prioritise which policy areas his second term will focus on. But digitisation is an excellent place to start. Digitisation can help streamline bureaucracy and cut down waiting time and uncertainty for ordinary citizens when applying for a passport, selling or buying property, or setting up a new business. It can help reduce the inefficiencies and, with less human involvement, diminish opportunities for corruption. By making government work better, digitisation can definitely...

15 Jan2021

Joe Biden’s climate-change plans will burn billions, won’t bring change we actually need

Published by New York Post

Joe Biden will rejoin the Paris climate agreement soon after being inaugurated as president of the United States. Climate change, according to Biden, is “an existential threat” to the nation, and to combat it, he proposes to spend $500 billion each year on climate policies — the equivalent of $1,500 per person.

17 Dec2020

How a modest investment could save 162,000 women a year from dying from childbirth

Published by Los Angeles Times

Every two minutes, a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Most of these deaths are preventable — and the world has been working on a solution for decades. The problem is the funds dedicated to solving the problem never go far enough. There are inexpensive and effective solutions that could help bring down the number of mothers who die from childbirth. A new analysis published last week by Copenhagen Consensus, the think tank I lead, shows how a modest investment of less than $3 billion a year could avert 162,000 maternal deaths,...

21 Nov2020

Rich world’s drive to electric cars gets us nowhere

Published by The Australian

The electric car industry is elated with an incoming Biden administration because it promises to extend and increase electric car subsidies to fix climate change. Similarly, leaders across the rich world promise lavish carrots along with sticks to outlaw petrol cars. This week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030. Unfortunately, electric cars will achieve only tiny emissions savings at a very high price. Electric cars are certainly fun, but almost everywhere cost more across their lifetime than their petrol counterparts...

17 Nov2020

Electric cars are good fun for wealthy virtue signallers, but a dreadful way to save the planet

Published by The Telegraph

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson just announced a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 in an attempt to jump-start the market for electric cars in the UK. Bjorn Lomborg cautions in Britain's largest-circulating broadsheet newspaper The Telegraph that electric cars won't be a miracle cure for climate change, as they provide only marginal emission reductions at a very high cost.

9 Nov2020

The smartest solutions for Ghana’s future development

Published by The Daily Graphic

No country, however prosperous, can do everything. Although Ghana’s ongoing election campaign includes lots of additional promises, there are limits to what can be funded with the available resources. That is why it is crucial that every cedi is spent in the best possible way. To achieve that goal, the Ghana Priorities project for over a year has worked with 28 teams of specialist economists from Ghana and abroad to study the costs and benefits of 80 concrete policy solutions to improve the future of the country. For instance, education economists have analyzed the best education solutions...

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