Bjorn Lomborg has an editorial in yesterday’s L.A. Times, presenting — in extremely rudimentary form — the results of his already notorious Copenhagen Consensus. While the composition of Lomborg’s group and its specific conclusions have been harshly criticized — in particular see John Quiggin’s blog here, here, here, and here, and also this Disinfopedia entry — it’s worth saying that the enterprise itself is entirely worthy, if done properly and honestly.

It is true that aid money is not spent rationally. If it were possible to get a serious, empirical accounting of the world’s problems from a wide variety of experts and use it to rationalize and prioritize spending, every enviro should be foursquare behind it, even if some enviro priorities get bumped down the list.

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Sadly, Lomborg’s enterprise bears little resemblance to that ideal.

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