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Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Copenhagen Consensus on Climate Change

More than fifty "specialist scholars" spent two years assembling a list of thirty possible solutions to what they considered to be the ten most pressing problems facing the world. The list was then submitted to a panel of eight leading economists, including five Nobel Prize winners, who were asked to prioritize them. The result was reported in Reason Magazine.

Topping the list as the number one priority was getting essential nutrients to children in the developing world. Expanding free trade came in as number two. And what came in at the bottom of the list?

At number 30, the lowest priority is a proposal to mitigate man-made global warming by cutting the emissions of greenhouse gases. This ranking caused some consternation among the European journalists at the press conference.

I'll bet it did! With few exceptions the European press is locked into a guilt narrative that holds the developed world, and especially the United States, responsible for all the ills that afflict mankind. Anthropogenic global warming is just the latest of their hobby horses.

Read the whole thing here.