The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Bjorn Lomborg v. Carl Pope

An excellent debate on environmentalism can be found here.

To sum up:

Carl - The sky is falling!

Bjorn - Let's figure out if we should we buy sky reinforcement devices, or stronger roofs?

(Hat tip, Beth)


  • Interesting debate.

    Lomborg brings up many important points that environmentalists typically overlook.

    He does miss two crucial points.
    1) Environmental technology and awareness of pollution's effects are not the same now as when the US & Europe were developing. In theory, a country should be able to develop with less environmental damage than 50-60 years ago, if only they have the discipline to. Also, increased knowledge of the impacts should lead to a more environmentally friendly weighing the cost/benefit of pollution controls than 60 years ago.

    2) Developing countries are now displacing develped countries in manufacturing, thus they are producing for a larger and richer consumer base than 50-80 years ago. This, if unchecked, could lead to greater damage than previous development.

    BTW, many great posts today guys.

    By Anonymous Scott H, at 4:24 PM  

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