Copenhagen Consensus Conference 2008

The Copenhagen Consensus Conference is an attempt to rank 10 major challenges facing the planet (ranging from air pollution to conflict to global warming) and prioritize which areas should be receive what sort of aid based on sound science and benefit-to-cost analysis rather than political and media hysteria.

Sounds like a great idea to me. Here’s the official website:

http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/Default.aspx?ID=788

Ronald Bailey will be covering for Reason Magazine - here is his first dispatch:

I’m guessing global warming is going to be somewhat lower in priority than some other issues…

I could only read so much before concluding that a bunch of eggheads apparently got together and made it their job to tell the rest of the world where to aim their money cannons.

Congratulations I guess.

Right… so elitism is bad or good? I’m confused.

…and blame the United States for Global Warming.

[quote]Beowolf wrote:
Right… so elitism is bad or good? I’m confused.[/quote]

Nothing wrong with elites per se - condescension and “do as I say and don’t question me” attitudes tend to be the problem…

Really good article on Global Warming - and valuing responses to it - in New York Review of Books (of all places - imagine that…):

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21494

[quote]BostonBarrister wrote:
Really good article on Global Warming - and valuing responses to it - in New York Review of Books (of all places - imagine that…):

The Question of Global Warming | Freeman Dyson | The New York Review of Books [/quote]

I can’t believe I read all of that in one sitting…

Great article.

I have been dipping Copenhagen since 1991. While me alone does not make a consensus I think it is the best.