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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Not So Hot - By Bjorn Lomborg | Foreign Policy

Not So Hot - By Bjorn Lomborg | Foreign Policy: "If we want to leave the world a better place, we need to carefully focus on the places and policies where we can do the most good. To tackle the biggest impact the DARA study identifies -- to avoid 3 million people dying from indoor air pollution -- people in the Third World need to have access to modern, less-polluting fuels to cook and keep warm. They need kerosene, pressurized gas, and other forms of modern energy. It is about getting more fossil fuels, not fewer.

This solution feels wrong for many comfortable Westerners, but it's what we need to do if we want to save three million lives. Imagine what you would do if your kids were dying because your living room was chock full of dangerous pollutants from burning dung and biomass? The transition to clean gas and distributed electricity only seems wrong because it was so long ago that our grandparents changed over to heat and light at the flick of a switch.

Does it matter that the report exaggerates, when it is all for the good cause? Yes, because scaring people don't make for good policy but encourages feel-good, do-little bad policies."

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