The opinion piece by Bjorn Lomborg in the January 24, 2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal begs the question, is Mr. Obama a self righteous ideologue with attendant bad judgment or is he knowingly lying to the world (not just the American public) in a Presidential inaugural address?
Fear-mongering exaggeration about effects of global warming distracts us from finding affordable and effective energy alternatives.
In his second inaugural address on Monday, President Obama laudably promised to "respond to the threat of climate change." Unfortunately, when the president described the urgent nature of the threat—the "devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms"—the scary examples suggested that he is contemplating poor policies that don't point to any real, let alone smart, solutions. Global warming is a problem that needs fixing, but exaggeration doesn't help, and it often distracts us from simple, cheaper and smarter solutions.
Note: The Wall Street Journal is a paid site but seems to allow public access to its opinion pages.
Regards, Pete Weldon