In struggling to understand a complex subject it is always wise to begin by listening to the experts, and I don't mean Al Gore. When it comes to global warming, Bjorn Lonberg is one of the foremost experts. See what he has to say. AccuWeather does a good job here.
March 23, 2007
The Skeptical Environmentalist
Bjørn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist also appeared before the United States House of Representatives Wednesday. Lomborg is a skeptic, but perhaps not in the way some people here might expect. The first of four points he made in his testimony was that global warming is real and man-made.
Okay, so where's the skepticism? Lomborg is skeptical about claims of the effects of global warming, which he says are often wildly exaggerated, skeptical of many of the solutions being considered, including the Kyoto Protocol, and skeptical of the value of making climate change a global priority over other issues where, he says, we can do more good with less investment.
I'd encourage people to take the time to follow the link to the testimony - it's 19 pages (plus references), which may seem like a lot, but it's a fast, easy read. I'm really interested in what people think about Lomborg's ideas - especially what those firmly in the AGW camp think of them - and I'd rather people read his words rather than my interpretation of what he's saying.