The Skeptical Environmentalist

Irks Greens and their Supporters

By James Pinkerton

Excerpted from an article on Tech Central

"Bjørn Lomborg, a professor at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, challenges the enviros on their proudest premise: that their program will make the world a better place. Describing himself as "an ex-Greenpeace guy," he has written a provocative new book, The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World.

Lomborg freely admits that he is a statistician, not an earth scientist. As he told a recent forum at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank in New York City, "I didn't go out and measure any temperatures." Instead, true to his statistical calling, he gathered numbers. And then, in the tradition of Julian Simon and Gregg Easterbrook, he followed the trail of his data, leading him to the conclusion that, "things are getting better, doomsday is not near."

Environmentalists have blasted him. In its January issue, Scientific American published five pieces of rebuttal. Lomborg responded by posting the articles, plus his refuting annotations, on his website, and so the eco-battle is joined.

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