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Changing the climate debate

We need to find a middle ground on global warming to start tackling it effectively. Drastic carbon cuts won't work

By Bjorn Lomborg   November 2007

Discussion about climate change seems stuck in an unproductive dichotomy. One side argues vehemently that global warming is nothing but a grand hoax. The other side maintains that the planet is headed for catastrophe. In my book, Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming, I point out how neither side is right, and propose that we stake out a more sensible middle ground.

However, many people in this debate appear to identify almost tribally with one set of arguments. Kevin Watkins’s review of my book (Prospect, October) is a case in point. He claims that while I don’t…

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