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Posted August 14, 2009
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Let's all step back and think a little bit!
That's all Bjorn Lomborg is asking. In the hysterical rush to more exotic and costly solutions to "Global Warming", we have lost our way. Some effects of global warming are exaggerated, some are down right beneficial, and some of the effects can be better ameliorated by addressing the effects rather than the cause. Lonborg points out that rather than reducing the epedemic of malaria in third world countries by addressing global warming, we would be better served by addressing the disease itself. Rather than reducing carbon emissions, we should drain swamps, kill mosquitos with modern pesticides (or even DDT), and hand out mosquito nets.
Lomborg asserts that a strict, cost-benefit analysis of the recommended solutions to globsal warming is essential, lest mankind plunge forward hysterically with minimal effect on the climate but catastrophic consequences for the the world's economy. I only wish the author had spent more time debunking some of the more outrageous claims of the radical environmentalists.
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