A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Bravo Bjørn.....

The excellent blog, Crumb Trail, has a splendid entry on Dr. Bjørn Lomborg's recent successes: 'Top priority' (June 2). Do pop over to read it.

The treatment of Lomborg by his obsessed critics has been one of the most disgraceful episodes in the recent history of 'science' and academia. Of course, for Denmark, in particular, the whole charade eventually proved deeply embarrassing. Not only is Lomborg one of the nicest people you could meet, he has consistently won the argument, his opponents hardly being able to land a grazing punch, never mind a knock-out blow. The tenacity Lomborg has demonstrated in the face of such gratuitous unfairness and vitriol mark him out as a person of courage, good humour, and integrity, while, by contrast, the ugliness of many of the attacks on him have cast a rather unpleasant light on the upturned stone of 'environmentalism'.

But today, Bjørn's hour has surely come:

+ Vindicated by the Danish Government;
+ Just declared by Newsweek to be one of the 100 most influential people of 2004;
+ Nowadays often receiving ovations when he speaks - I witnessed one recently;
+ And, finally, supported by some of the finest scholars in the world at The Copenhagen Consensus, who have declared that: "Money spent on global warming ... is 'a bad use of our finite resources', compared to solving the planet’s other woes. It takes enormous expenditure to achieve very small reductions in greenhouse gases, with uncertain results. Funding to fight, say, malnutrition with iodine pills and vitamin A is a much better use of the limited finance the world makes available for such causes."

"Vae victis!" cry I. Bravo Bjørn!

Philip, off for a well-earned cuppa.

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