SWNIDish favorite Bjorn Lomberg is today featured in McNewspaper as a contrarian voice on Earth Day (motto: a Hallmark holiday for which Hallmark sells no cards). The piece is vintage Lomberg and includes some brief autobiographical notes explaining the circumstances that led to his leveraged dissent from the ecological mainstream.
For those who don't read enough of this blog or have short memories, the essence of Dr. Lomberg's thinking is that (a) the facts are that in many ways the environment is better off now than in recent history; (b) the environmental dangers that actually shorten people's lives are not on the environmentalist agenda; (c) economic development leads to generally better care of the environment.
So the obvious conclusion is that rich nations ought to focus their environmental efforts on improving the lot of people in poor nations so that all nations can be better stewards of this comfortable azure sphere. In the details, that actually means allowing growth in use of fossil fuel and agricultural chemicals and such.
Happy Earth Day, Bjorn! We think we'll fertilize our lawn tonight in your honor.