Lomborg: How can Europe stop using Russian gas?

John & Ken had another fascinating interview with environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus and a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. His latest book is “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.”

Bjorn is the go-to guy when it comes to the environment and climate change. John & Ken can be quite skeptical of climate change and the solutions laid out by talking-heads and political hacks. Bjorn gives smart solutions to climate change from a practical economic perspective.

John & Ken talked to Bjorn about an opinion piece he wrote in the Dallas Morning News about how Europe's reliance on renewable energy has backfired:

The devastating Russian invasion of Ukraine has captured global attention. While the world’s focus is rightly on the human toll and suffering, the crisis has highlighted the need to end reliance on Russian oil and gas. To achieve that ambition, we must be pragmatic and invest in sensible alternatives, not engage in wishful thinking about renewable energy.
Every single day, the world spends more than a billion dollars on fossil fuels from Russia, according to Bloomberg reporting. As Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted, that money is now paying for the “murder of Ukrainian men, women and children.” We must end this reliance.

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