Target: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Goal: Don’t pledge millions of dollars on a center that will promote an anti-climate change agenda.
Danish climate change denier Bjørn Lomborg will be given $4 million over the course of four years from the Australian government to establish a “climate consensus center.” The money will be taken from taxpayers and used towards this center, which will promote an anti-climate change agenda.
Bjørn Lomborg’s new center will use the the same methodology employed at his previous establishment, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, which was in operation from 2004 until it was shut down by the Danish government in 2012. It is now operating in the United States and being funded by private investors in the U.S.
The center is set to open in June or July 2015 with a small staff of three or four people. Lomborg will serve as an adjunct professor. Lomborg has expressed his very strong opinions on climate change, insisting that it is completely man-made and that spending money tackling the issue is useless. In the past, he has called fossil fuels subsidies “a way for governments to buy political stability” and that wind power techniques are “expensive, feel-good measures that will have an imperceptible climate impact.”
Lomberg’s views are not only dangerous, but they are are being promoted through taxpayer money. His views have been denounced by the Danish government after a Danish government committee found him guilty of “scientific dishonesty.” Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott has a record of anti-climate change decisions, including repealing Australia’s carbon tax and excluding climate change from the G20 agenda.
This promotion of climate change denial is dangerous and not fair to taxpayers who have no say in this funding. Please urge Prime Minister Tony Abbott to rescind this pledge to Bjørn Lomborg and stop the anti-climate change attitudes.
Dear Prime Minister Tony Abbott,
I am writing to you to express my deep concern over the pledge of $4 million from taxpayers to Bjørn Lomborg, who will then use this money for his convention center that will promote climate change denial. This thinking is dangerous for the world and not fair to Australian citizens.
In your book Battlelines, you stated: “It doesn’t make sense, though…to impose certain and substantial costs on the economy now in order to avoid unknown and perhaps even benign changes in the future.” After reading this, I fail to see how making Australians pay $4 million for a convention center is better than paying for the prevention of climate change now.
Climate change is a serious issue and we need to face this now, rather than spend $4 million on a climate change skeptic who has been denounced by the Danish government’s committee full of scientists and found guilty of “scientific dishonesty.”
Climate change problems are not going away, and we need to spend money wisely. Giving this taxpayer money to a climate change skeptic is not the right answer. Please rescind this funding and put it towards promoting measures that support climate change prevention.
[Your Name Here]
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