Bjorn Lomborg

Visiting Fellow

Bjorn Lomborg is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg is president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School. His numerous books include The Skeptical Environmentalist, Cool It, How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, The Nobel Laureates’ Guide to the Smartest Targets for the World: 2016–2030, and Prioritizing Development: A Cost Benefit Analysis of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is a think tank that researches the smartest solutions for the world's biggest problems, advising policy makers and philanthropists how to spend their money most effectively. It brings together many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel laureates, to set priorities both at a global and a country or state level. It is the winner of Prospect magazine’s 2016 Think Tank of the Year award in the International Affairs category for think tanks based in the United States. The center’s work was commended by the judges as being “truly innovative and global in its scope.” In the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, Copenhagen Consensus was once again acknowledged for having launched one of the top 20 advocacy campaigns anywhere in the world, for the sixth year running. The Economist said: “Copenhagen Consensus is an outstanding, visionary idea and deserves global coverage.”

For this work, Lomborg was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. In 2011 and 2012, Lomborg was named among the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy “for looking more right than ever on the politics of climate change.” In 2008 he was named “one of the 50 people who could save the planet” by the UK Guardian. In 2005 and 2008, Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine called him "one of the top 100 public intellectuals,” and in 2008 Esquire named him “one of the world’s 75 most influential people of the 21st century.”

Lomborg is a frequent participant in public debates on policy issues. His analysis and commentaries appear regularly in such prestigious publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Economist, Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, Forbes, the Globe and Mail, theGuardian, the Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the Australian, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and Der Spiegel.

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Analysis and CommentaryEconomy

The Good And Bad Of Joe Biden’s $2 Trillion Climate Change Plan

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Orange County Register
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Promising to spend $2 trillion on climate over the next four years, U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden is taking a path similar to that of politicians from many other rich countries, vowing costly policies to help address global warming.

In the News

Surprise! We’re Not Seeing 'Historic Highs' In US Forest Fires – At All

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia MRC TV
Sunday, September 27, 2020

If one were to give the oh-so-trustworthy California Governor Gavin Newsom (D), Senator Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) any credence, one would think that, as Salon Queen Nancy said, “Mother Nature is angry” at man, and that so-called “anthropogenic climate change” is to blame for what are, undoubtedly, unprecedented fires in the United States.

In the News

Philip Cross: The Sensible Approach To Climate Change

featuring Bjorn Lomborgvia Financial Post
Thursday, September 24, 2020
With so much talk about green energy in the run-up to this week’s speech from the throne, it is timely to summarize Bjorn Lomborg’s sensible perspective on climate change policies, as detailed in his latest book, “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts The Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.”
In the News

Innovation Is The Way To Fight EU Palm Oil Ban

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Free Malaysia Today
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

In 2016, I went back to my home country, Italy, for a longer period than usual. Forced to watch Italian TV again, I was quite stricken by a pretty unique fact: at the end of their advertisements, the most popular Italian snack brands were proudly announcing that their products did not contain palm oil. Similarly, at the supermarket, the label “senza olio di palma” (without palm oil) was displayed on the packaging. This was not the case five years earlier, in 2011, when I left Italy for Malaysia.


Bjorn Lomborg: Fire Suppression Is Bigger Cause For Wildfires Than Global Warming: Environmentalist

interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia Yahoo
Friday, September 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bjorn Lomborg discusses the causes of wildfires in California.


Bjorn Lomborg: California Fires Mainly Caused By Century Of Suppressing Controlled Burns

interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia Breitbart
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bjorn Lomborg discusses the California wildfires and notes that the fires have fairly little to do with climate change, and almost everything to do with the fact that we haven’t managed our forests well.

Analysis and Commentary

Bjorn Lomborg: 'Climate Alarm' Is As Big A Threat As Climate Change - It Leads To Anxious Lives And Bad Policies

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Sky News (UK)
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Bjorn Lomborg says tackling climate change will require far more investment into researching and developing green technology.


Bjorn Lomborg: Is Innovation The Answer To Climate Change?

interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia The Spectator
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hoover Institution Bjorn Lomborg discusses whether human innovation can stop climate change, or will it simply manage and delay the challenges it poses.

In the News

The Façade Is Falling

featuring Bjorn Lomborgvia Mackinac Center for Public Policy (MI)
Monday, August 17, 2020

We have all heard it relentlessly repeated that green policies are the only sure way to protect the environment and stop climate change. But four key works published this year are pulling away the facade surrounding green movement’s climate and energy policy prescriptions. These books and documentaries together make a convincing case that we have been misled.

In the News

A Rational Approach To Global Warming

featuring Bjorn Lomborgvia National Review
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Bjorn Lomborg’s False Alarm does not “deny” the likelihood of global warming as set out in the United Nations’ Reports on Climate Change. Lomborg expresses belief in the U.N.’s central estimate of a temperature increase of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by 2100. He argues, however, that after another 80 years of economic growth, such an increase will not impose particularly burdensome costs. Mitigation and adaptation are the right approach to dealing with rising temperatures, rather than ultra-expensive attempts to attack the problem head on.