Climate change believers' favourite bad guy, Danish stats prof. Bjørn Lomborg, has written a succinct and noteworthy "open letter" essay to the partakers of the coming "Earth" summit in Rio in the current edition of NEWSWEEK
Lomborg's most recent book
reneged his position on CCC (catastrophic climate change) somewhat, saying he now believed in the IPCC simulations, but in essence, he repeated earlier suggestions of how to deal with it - by putting most $ into research of how to generate "green energy
", freeing much less CO2, cheaply.
The point is, he now writes, probably with an eye on Germany's new energy "deal" currently being determined by our new Minister for the Environment here, energy not fueled by classic fossil sources - i.e. coal and oil - is still far too expensive for the amount of energy generated. Less than one percent of all nationally generated energy in many Western countries.
Instead, the essay concentrates on what the world really needs now: Growth. To lift many poor people into the kind of lower "middle" where they can generate light, heat and electricity safely, and without ruining their finances and the environment in general.
In this sense, he goes further than in the above-mentioned book, by naming the no. 1 environmental killer today: Indoor air pollution, as a rule due to people using anything they can find to feed a fire or an oven. The 2nd most deadly environmental problem is outdoor air pollution. In the paraphrased words of the previous Democrat US president: "It's the global low-income economy, stupid!"
Be honest: Don't you share my recent feeling that the leading Western countries, incl. Russia & its satellites, are ruled by oligarchs? Half the US congress is manned by millionaires or billionaires.
Lomborg's exemplar nation of the moment is China. Imagine: In the last 3 decades, China moved up over half a billion people into the "middle". So, in the near future, China will have done more against environmental damage, incl. CCC, than most nations, simply by maintaining continual high growth, more or less nation-wide. In terms of poverty reduction within their own borders, or outside of them, no Western nation even comes close.
Whatever happens to the climate or the Euro zone or the many dark elecricity-less areas of the inhabited planet, in the end, growth matters. The Chinese know this. As do the South Africans
. And the Greeks - those below oligarch level. Let's see if the suits in Rio get the message. (The picture is derived directly from the Earth summit website - http://earthsummit2012.org -
and shows i.a. how they suggest "eradicating" poverty should be done,
while millions die every year while we sit and discuss.)