Gore's Climate Crusade Misguided, Wasteful

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2009 3:40 PM CDT
The Schwarze Pumpe coal power plant in Spremberg, eastern Germany.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Global warming is real, but Al Gore’s crusade to curb carbon emissions is misguided and will squander money that could be applied cheaply and efficiently to those problems now, Danish statistician Bjørn Lomborg writes in Esquire. “Here’s the truth: There are better, more cost-effective ways to fight global warming,” Lomborg writes. And “the solutions have very little to do with cutting CO2 emissions.”

“We will never succeed in making fossil fuels so expensive that they become unappealing,” Lombord writers of carbon taxes. Rather, new, clean technologies should get funding. As for the specters of disease and famine Gore raises, Lomborg has cheap solutions: Bug nets. Iron supplements. “Every time the Gore solution of CO2 reduction saves one person from dying from malaria in the future, the same money could save 36,000 people today.”