The German magazine DIE ZEIT just published an interview with Bjørn Lomborg; (see also www.guardian.co.uk/.../bjorn-lomborg-climate-change-u-turn). Lomborg is a statistician at the Copenhagen Business School and author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. In former controversies, Lomborg advanced to the role model for a “skeptical environmentalist” (TSE) and to the “bogeyman” for climate activists.
Bjorn Lomborg is in the news again. In interviews with the Guardian and the ZEIT (that do not differ very much), Lomborg appears to make a surprising about turn in his views:
1. He states that global warming is “undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today”. This is a surprising statement from one of the world's best-known climate sceptics. Lomborg also claims in the ZEIT interview that he has never played down global warming.
2. Lomborg’s solutions how to tackle with climate change, surprisingly reminded me of positions represented by The Hartwell Paper and Roger Pielke’s The Climate Fix.
Crazy new world? What about our old controversies and battlefields? Who is a sceptic and who is a denial now? Does Lomborg simple borrow these ideas? Or, are these ideas as persuading that Lomborg can not resist anymore? Or do these similarities simply indicate a welcome pragmatism in climate politics?