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Selective, flawed, fear-mongering, hastily put-together, sloppy, unlikely, problematic, unrealistically pessimistic, alarmist: Bjorn Lomborg reviews the Stern Report.

UPDATE. Beautiful one day, swarming with cannibal polar bears the next: Brisbane moves to join the Kyoto Protocol.

(Via NeoZionoid)

Posted by Tim B. on 11/02/2006 at 08:17 AM
    1. I’ve believed in climate change since the 1980’s, but Howard is right. Clean coal, nuclear power, LPG and ethanol are crucial. Solar power is too problematic and wind power is erratic.

      Posted by cjblair on 2006 11 02 at 08:39 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, I get it now – it’s called the Stern Report because it was written by a bloke called Stern. Here was I thinking the name was descriptive… like (say) The Admonitory report.

      Posted by quillpen on 2006 11 02 at 08:45 AM • permalink


    1. Why would Howard Stern write a AGW report for the UK government? As a NYC radio shock jock he’s more interested in naked gals.

      Posted by powderkeg on 2006 11 02 at 08:58 AM • permalink


    1. People are idiots.  I can’t believe they are buying that Stern shit.

      Herd mentatlity is still dominant.  Most of the facts of the day are based soley on repetition and who speaks the loudest.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2006 11 02 at 09:03 AM • permalink


    1. Personally I’m still waiting for the Steyn report on the economics of environmental change. Now that’d be 700 pages that’re actually worth reading…

      Posted by pache on 2006 11 02 at 09:27 AM • permalink


    1. What did the polar bear say to the BBC film crew?
      Mmm. Crunchy.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 11 02 at 09:41 AM • permalink


    1. Readers might also be interested in former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson’s Centre for Policy Studies lecture on climate change posted by the CPS yesterday. The last few pages comparing climate alarmism with religious primitivism and fundamentalism are especially brilliant.

      It’s a PDF document. (18 non-crammed pages):

      [An Appeal To Reason].

      Posted by C.L. on 2006 11 02 at 09:53 AM • permalink


    1. And, now On Topic:

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 11 02 at 09:57 AM • permalink


    1. Boulder, CO also wants to join the Kyoto Protocol. It’s easy when all of your power comes from outside the city. Although my friend who owns a lawn service there may be in trouble. Push mowers are a bit slow and difficult to use.

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2006 11 02 at 10:01 AM • permalink


    1. This is becoming an avalanche.

      On one side lunatics who believe we will
      all be drowned,fried,starved,choked,gassed
      or poverty struck,and on the other side,
      pollies who have realised what a nice
      little earner a “green tax” is.

      On everything.

      Funny thing is,all the people who jabber on
      are driving cars,buying investment properties

      When Al Gore does his tour on a pushbike,so
      will I.

      Posted by dver on 2006 11 02 at 10:05 AM • permalink


    1. dver

      It’s nimbyism in the extreme, or as Oscar Wilde’s Lord Goring said:

      Other people are quite dreadful.

      These people have no intention of giving up their luxuries, at most they want and are willing to force “other people” to go without.  For the majority, however, it’s about posturing, guilt driven self-loathing and hatred of modernity.

      Posted by murph on 2006 11 02 at 10:21 AM • permalink


    1. Although my friend who owns a lawn service there may be in trouble. Push mowers are a bit slow and difficult to use.

      Isn’t Boulder also one of those cities that refuses to punish illegal aliens? If so, he should be able to find plenty of disposable labor to work the old finger-shredding push mowers.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2006 11 02 at 10:44 AM • permalink


    1. What did the polar bear say to the BBC film crew?
      Bear Left..

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 02 at 10:57 AM • permalink


    1. SMH stuffs up and is forced to print a correction..
      “Yesterday’s article (on climate change)
      incorrectly said that Sir Nicholas Stern,in his analysis on climate change,had indicated that the costs of taking action far outweighed those of doing nothing.In FACT he said the opposite,that the cost of doing nothing far outweighed the costs of taking action”……

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 02 at 11:02 AM • permalink


    1. Bob Carter in The Australian today: “The Stern warning could join Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb and the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth in the pantheon of big banana scares that proved to be unfounded”. Carter also forsees the day when British climate catastrophists will link global warming to dildos!

      Posted by C.L. on 2006 11 02 at 11:10 AM • permalink


    1. This whole greenhouse gas seems to be driven by a desire for a Global Tax system.  But WTF is the point of a global government, aren’t nations good enough.  WTF are we going to do with a global tax, build fucking inter-stellar spaceships?

      Posted by aaron_ on 2006 11 02 at 11:53 AM • permalink


    1. 14.

      It sounds like it was more correct before the correction.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2006 11 02 at 12:53 PM • permalink


    1. You guys let cities sign international treaties? Really? I mean, not just as a joke?

      No wonder you’ve got problems.

      Posted by mojo on 2006 11 02 at 01:33 PM • permalink


    1. #18—Well, Bill Clinton let Al Gore sign Kyoto, and look how far that went.  Yeah, there’re rules and stuff about treaties, but that’s just boring.  MUCH more fun for the really KOOL cities to, like, do their own thing.

      Posted by Celaeno on 2006 11 02 at 05:01 PM • permalink


    1. Lomborg, for all his well-argued scepticism, does accept that current climate change is anthropogenic.  For a different view, the Age – amazingly, and much to their rapidly diminishing credit – published a short, sharp counter-argument by William Kininmonth yesterday.  Put simply, the greenhouse effect of CO2 falls off rapidly above a certain level (50 ppm) – in other words, there’s a natural cutoff to greenhousing CO2, which Stern nowhere acknowledges.  Though I’m sure Al Gore devotes a big section of his film to it.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2006 11 02 at 05:22 PM • permalink


    1. #15 CL – I think most of us here have made that connection already. In a manner of speaking, anyhow.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 11 02 at 05:26 PM • permalink


    1. Brisbane to ratify Kyoto Protocol.
      This is no surprise at all. Many Sydney Councils have declared themselves “nuclear free zones” and no uranium products can be transported within their boundaries.I guess cancer victims requiring isotope treatment in their area hospitals can also go to buggery.

      BTW – Brisbane would emit around 0.00002% of the world’s CO2 emissions. I find there’s nothing more satisfying than an empty gesture.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 02 at 05:51 PM • permalink


    1. #18 mojo
      No mate, cities can’t sign international treaties (except for idiotic and symbolic sister-city agreements). The councillors all agree on a show of hands about some international agreement and John Howard comes on TV that night laughing his head off mocking them for being paper tigers with no power whatsoever.Read my comment above about ‘empty gestures’.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 02 at 05:58 PM • permalink


    1. #15 sort of O/T

      Q. What’s the biggest threat to dildo farmers?

      A. Squatters.

      (Polar bear jokes are silly, they’ll be extinct (all drowned) in a few years and noone will get the jokes.)

      Posted by kae on 2006 11 02 at 06:33 PM • permalink


    1. Polar Bears are this seasons canary.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 11 02 at 09:23 PM • permalink


    1. Boulder, Colorado is like the other infamous, lefty, state university college towns, i.e. Berkeley, California; Madison, Wisconsin; Ann Arbor, Michigan: plenty of drugs, aging hippies, the homeless, illegal aliens, and a plenty of locals suffering a superiority complex.

      The then-boyfriend of Robert Redford’s daughter (student at U. of Co.) was famously mudered in a drug deal gone awry in Boulder some 20+ years ago, when I lived in Denver.

      Posted by Forbes on 2006 11 02 at 10:07 PM • permalink


    1. The state of California, whose budget is already a mess, passed its own environmental laws similar to Kyoto.  Aunold did this just when monetary pressures were beginning to let up a bit and the migration from the state had slowed.  It’ll be interesting to watch what happens as the myriad regulations go into effect.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 11 03 at 02:18 PM • permalink


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