Bjorn Lomborg

Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

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 Commentary

The Alarm About Climate Change Is Blinding Us To Sensible Solutions

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Globe and Mail
Friday, July 17, 2020

It wasn’t that long ago when much of the global elite had conclusively decided that climate change was our world’s top priority. Then came a massive sideswiping by a global pandemic, of which we have only seen the first wave, along with an equally massive global recession. It serves as a timely reminder that an alarmism that cultivates one fear over others serves society poorly.

Interviews

Climate Hero Bjorn Lomborg Talks To John & Ken

interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia John And Ken Staff
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bjorn Lomborg discusses his new book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet, and analyzes ways to make smart climate policy. He also talks about the goal to make the world a better place, and whether climate change policy is the most important thing to focus on right now.

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Bjorn Lomborg: False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts The Poor, And Fails To Fix The Planet | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Bjorn Lomborg Discusses False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts The Poor, And Fails To Fix The Planet.

False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Basic Books
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Hurricanes batter our coasts. Wildfires rage across the American West. Glaciers collapse in the Artic. Politicians, activists, and the media espouse a common message: climate change is destroying the planet, and we must take drastic action immediately to stop it. Children panic about their future, and adults wonder if it is even ethical to bring new life into the world.

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Bjorn Lomborg: False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet

interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Bjorn Lomborg: False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

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The Lockdown’s Lessons For Climate Activism

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Wall Street Journal
Saturday, July 11, 2020

The pandemic has deeply cut carbon emissions, but the human and economic costs should give pause to those who imagine remaking the world’s habits of consumption.

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Green New Deals Are Detrimental To Economic Recovery

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Prescott eNews
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Climate policies have massive costs. Unfortunately, most current climate policies cost more than the benefits they deliver.

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Bjorn Lomborg’s ‘False Alarm’ Brings Reason To Climate Change Debate

featuring Bjorn Lomborgvia The Epoch Times
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
No matter your predispositions regarding the climate change issue, you’re sure to find something alarmingly objectionable about skeptical environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg’s latest work, “False Alarm.”
Analysis and Commentary

Tackling Corona In India: Why The Sledgehammer Approach Is Doomed To Fail

by Bibek Debroy, Bjorn Lomborgvia The Times of India
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The corona challenge will likely be with us for a year or more, until we find a cure or a vaccine and it may strike again, after remaining dormant for a while. Thus, it is more urgent than ever to find policy responses that can be sustained and don’t end up leaving India worse off overall.

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Interviews

Bjorn Lomborg On Earth Day At 50: A Surprising Success Story

interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia Globe and Mail (Canada)
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bjorn Lomborg discusses Earth Day and his new book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet

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