In the just published False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet, skeptical environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg compellingly argues climate change is not the coming of the apocalypse. Not only are public policy proposals to curb energy use ineffective, they are devastating to the world economy, particularly, the least well-off.  The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has made the cost of cutting carbon emissions abundantly clear. Yet, even these reductions will have no discernible impact on climate. Rather than depriving the world of energy, Lomborg argues, we can do more to improve global health by rethinking long term investments in immunization and education.

Join CEI for an online book forum featuring False Alarm author Bjorn Lomborg and Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment, moderated by CEI President Kent Lassman.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT



Questions? Email [email protected]


Bjorn Lomborg, Author and President, Copenhagen Consensus Center

Myron Ebell, Director of the Center for Energy and Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Kent Lassman, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Bjorn Lomborg is the bestselling author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It along with numerous academic books and publications. He is president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School, and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. His work appears in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Economist, the Atlantic, and Forbes. Time has named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Foreign Policy has repeatedly included him in their Top 100 Global Thinkers, and the Guardian picked him as “one of the fifty people who could save the planet.”

Myron Ebell is Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at CEI and chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition, which comprises representatives from more than two dozen nonprofit organizations that challenge global warming alarmism and oppose energy rationing policies. Ebell has worked on energy and environment issues for more than two decades, spending more than 15 years at CEI researching and advocating for sensible energy policies that benefit everyone. Instead of policies that simply react to alarmism, Ebell advocates for climate policies that reflect the scientifically supported view that affordable, plentiful, and reliable energy make the world safer and the environment more livable.

Kent Lassman is President and CEO at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He oversees strategy for the organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, and fundraising staff. Prior to joining CEI, Lassman spent eight years as vice president at a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., counseling clients on campaign approaches to issues ranging from telecommunications to privacy to biotechnology and state licensure.

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