In today's Wall Street Journal, Bjorn Lomborg talks good sense about global warming. In Nepal, Maya Bishwokarma and her family live in a tiny home near open sewage. They often go without electricity. They struggle with long droughts:
The lack of water in the shadow of the Himalayas may seem like a strong argument for drastic, short-term reductions in carbon emissions. Indeed, the plight of people like the Bishwokarmas has been used by Al Gore and other campaigners to argue for just such cuts. Climate activists argue that there is a link between melting glaciers in the Himalayas and water shortages elsewhere.
Of course they do. Whenever there's a problem, the Global Warming Church finds a need for drastic carbon cuts. Lomborg dares question them:
... [T]he Himalaya glaciers are difficult even for scientists to understand. Most suggestions of rapid melting are based on observations of a small handful of India's 10,000 or so Himalayan glaciers. A comprehensive report in November by senior glaciologist Vijay Kumar Raina, released by the Indian government, looked more broadly and found that many of these glaciers are stable or have even advanced, and that the rate of retreat for many others has slowed recently.
Lomborg argues that more warming would result in more glacial melting, which could increase the flow of water to poor people like the Bishwokarmas. Some people would actually benefit from a warmer earth. Lomborg suggests that the alarmists should start listening to poor people like Mrs. Bishwokarma:
... [T]he government of Nepal and others should spend money "first on our everyday problems, then on global warming."
- Global Warming