Why Isn't Anyone Laughing at Bjorn Lomborg?

It probably seemed like a good – or maybe just desperate – comeback at the time. But defending the Bush administration against claims that it doctored climate testimony by arguing that global warming is actually a good thing? Not wise. White House Spokesperson Dana Perino learned that the hard way:

"Look, this is an issue where I'm sure lots of people would love to ridicule me when I say this. But it is true that many people die from cold-related deaths every winter. And there are studies that say that climate change in certain areas of the world would help those individuals."

Perino predicted it. The blogosphere let her have it. (More here and here.) But why is this comment only ridiculed when it comes from the White House? You may recall that Bjorn Lomborg made the same laughable argument in his bestselling book Cool It, his personal treatise on why we shouldn't rush to stop climate change:

"Cold spells will decrease just as much as heat waves increase. In areas where there is one cold spell every three years, by the end of the century such spells will happen only once every twenty years. This means fewer deaths from cold...global warming might actually result in lower death rates."

Seems like Perino took a page right out of Lomborg's play book. Perhaps it's time to redirect the ridicule to the man who's book is having far too much influence in the climate change debate, and over our elected leaders.


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