|The Jordan Peterson - Bjorn Lomborg Interview|
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Positions Taken By Both Peterson and Lomborg:
Bjorn Lomborg, of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, an American think tank, has done a lot of research on how $75 billion could best be spent to do the most benefit for the most people. It turns out that a lot of people in the third world are so poor and unable to afford their most basic needs, that spending money on their health and nutrition would be spectacularly beneficial, per dollar spent, compared to money spent any other way.
Curbing carbon emissions, on the other hand, is extremely expensive, and the anticipated harm done by global warming is not great enough to justify such spending in comparison with third world health and nutrition spending.
There are a couple of flaws in this logic:
Other Thoughts About Lomborg:
Lomborg's views have evolved over the years, from outright denying global warming, to minimizing it, to advocating strategies like geoengineering and adaptation, always against a major effort to do anything to reduce carbon emissions at the current time.
Lomborg currently says he is very strongly in favor of research into low / no carbon energy technologies, he's just not a big fan of spending money on the wind and solar technologies we have now. It makes a lot of sense to fund research, but sometimes the way to develop cheaper ways to do something is to start doing it, and incremenatally improve the technology as you go along. And if Lomborg really feels this way, why does he do so many videos where this importance of research is either not stressed or not even mentioned?
Lomborg is mildly in favor of a carbon tax of some sort in developed countries, but he is pretty much against imposing one on poor countries at this time.