Bjorn Lomborg on Sri Lanka, via Twitter

How odd

Originally tweeted by Bjorn Lomborg (@BjornLomborg) on July 19, 2022.

Long BBC story about Sri Lanka and tea

and not 𝗼𝗻𝗲 mention that the catastrophe was because the President decided to have Sri Lanka go organic on April 27, 2021

Almost as if this is not politically correct to say?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62221355

President very clear that he wanted to get rid of synthetic fertilizers for health reasons, not to save money

https://www.ft.lk/news/Organic-fertiliser-for-a-healthy-future-generation-President/56-717817

A 20-step plan to transform Sri Lanka into “green socio-economy”

renewable energy
environmentally designed urban houses
reduce banned plastic (?)
25% extra tax on cars
“Encouraging mass media to spread environment friendly programs among the masses”

Just like Bloomberg couldn’t make themselves say that it was because of Sri Lanka going organic

Originally tweeted by Bjorn Lomborg (@BjornLomborg) on July 19, 2022.

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Cam_S
July 29, 2022 10:31 pm

Canada is next…

Cam_S
Reply to  Cam_S
July 29, 2022 10:51 pm

Canada wants to cut fertilizer emissions, but farmers say it could result in less food
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s push to accelerate the fight against climate change is sparking a showdown with the nation’s farmers, who say it’s threatening food supplies — and their profits.

https://financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/trudeau-spars-with-farmers-on-climate-plan-risking-grain-output

jacques serge Lemiere
Reply to  Cam_S
July 30, 2022 3:03 am

fertilizer ban is not a genuine problem for farmer buy eaters!!!! the transition for farmer will cost money… but ..food will be more expensive .. of course ban must be associated with restriction of importation form countries without ban… the problem is transition is costly…and farmer in fact doubt that the ban will last.. like germans banning nuclear and coal… FOREVER…

Dave Fair
Reply to  jacques serge Lemiere
July 30, 2022 10:10 am

Canada relies on exports of food to sustain its economy. If food cannot be produced economically, that money goes away.

badEnglish
Reply to  Dave Fair
July 30, 2022 3:59 pm

Like tea in Sri Lanka.

Editor
Reply to  jacques serge Lemiere
July 30, 2022 3:52 pm
Tom Abbott
Reply to  Cam_S
July 30, 2022 4:41 am

Trudeau thinks he is on a roll after pushing the protesting truckers around.

He may get a little more pushback from the farmers and the people who are going hungry because of Trudeau’s stupidity and dictatorial tendencies.

Canadians need to push Trudeau right out of office if they know what’s good for them.

Drake
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 30, 2022 9:46 am

As soon as the English speaking provinces cut Quebec out of the country, Canada will have a chance.

Same for England with respect to Scotland.

In the US, it would be much harder to cull the herd of Leftists. I wonder if we could cut every city of a population of 1 million or more from the US, create a separate country of Leftistan, require passports for them to enter the NEW USSA, United Sane States of America, and require business doing business in the USSA to cut corporate executive and upper managerial salaries by 80% if the corporate offices are in Leftistan.

End the NYSE, Chicago Commodities markets, etc.

It would be interesting to see if the “big cities” that leftists claim put more money into the Federal government than they take out could survive once the OVERHEAD of big corporations through the spending for offices, executives, etc. was removed from their taxation.

The whole of the left coast less the seaports, national forest, BLM lands, parks, military facilities and agricultural areas would be excised from the USSA into Leftistan, The USSA could sell the remaining areas the water from the Colorado river, Columbia river, the Sierra Nevada, etc. and the power they would need at whatever price the USSA determines is best.

After the division, the fly-over-country would be a new country, and the left could figure out how to feed themselves, get fuel, power, etc. etc. on their own. They love the one world ideal, they could use the rest of the world as their supplier. Or not.

I can dream can’t I.

Randle Dewees
Reply to  Drake
July 30, 2022 12:33 pm

It’s a tidy and pleasant dream

Citizen Smith
Reply to  Drake
August 1, 2022 8:13 am

Sweet Dream. Here is a tweak on the concept that might make it easier to manage, leaves no Sane American behind and commerce is uninterrupted. For every illegal alien coming north we send a democrat south. Their bank accounts, property and other assets would exchange with them. There is a registry so we know who they are.

DMacKenzie
Reply to  Cam_S
July 30, 2022 7:17 am

The fertilizer ban is technically unsound. The IR absorption bands of nitrogen oxides 95% coincide with those of water vapor, CO2, and methane. If ALL human NO2 emissions ceased, it would make virtually no difference to IR absorption for global warming calculations.
Reactions of NOx with VOC’s is a separate urban air pollution issue…the cause of “smog”…. but use of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture has no relationship to urban smog.
It seems our politicians are being duped by some incompetently applied “science” or possibly the ultimate political aphrodisiac of “power over the population” has taken root.

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DMacKenzie
Reply to  DMacKenzie
July 30, 2022 8:44 am

Also human production of nitrogen oxides is about 5 million tonnes annually as emitted from the 200 million tonnes of worldwide fertilizer use, while natural production from soil bacteria, and ozone/nitrogen reactions in the atmosphere is about 600 million tonnes annually, over 100 times larger than the amount emitted as a byproduct of land use efficiency by humans.
Source:
https://www.jstor.org/stable/4312260

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Reply to  Cam_S
July 30, 2022 2:01 pm

Ireland today.
Madness.
Our elites do not care about the normal folk [‘deplorables’ . . .].
This will not end well.

Auto

Andy Espersen
July 29, 2022 10:37 pm

Yes – that is most definitely extremely weird. It simply does not make sense.

But I expect that very suddenly, i.e. no later than the half-term US elections later this year, there will be a sudden awakening in the main, woke media. One little boy will shout, and his words will go from mouth to mouth : “BUT THE EMPEROR HAS GOT NOTHING ON!!”

Brad
Reply to  Andy Espersen
July 29, 2022 10:41 pm

The real problem explained…
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/07/29/the-biggest-problem/

Share with everyone!!

Steve Case
Reply to  Brad
July 29, 2022 11:22 pm

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
Maurice Strong, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Source pdf Page 11

Derg
Reply to  Steve Case
July 29, 2022 11:55 pm

Yep we are dealing with sick people in power who simply do not care about humanity. Being hypocrites does not even enter their thought process 🙁

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Steve Case
July 30, 2022 3:08 am

i truly hope if he had a soul it gets no peace! that man was evil

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Brad
July 30, 2022 3:39 am

excellent article Thank you;-))))++++++

Yirgach
Reply to  Brad
July 30, 2022 12:01 pm

Excellent article. It clearly explained the problem but did not go into the reasoning for the cause, which is the ideologues pushing lower demand on resources through population reduction.They are able to do this because control of the most powerful nation on the planet has been ceded to “Joe Biden” through clever political rouses and outright criminal plots.

The screeching will intensify as we approach the mid-term elections. The election aftermath will be made to appear incredibly violent, especially in the Democratically controlled urban areas. This will be a good excuse to implement martial law for the entire country.

This in turn will engender a civil war with those who disagree…

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Andy Espersen
July 30, 2022 11:20 am

The ‘sense’ of it, like minuscule effect methane is to kill off meat! The totalitarians always use a multi-prong attack on a target. Blather about no meat and the support this from all angles.

I call this the “New Colombo Plan” after the dismissed and shamed climate zealot PM Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, who bet the lives and economy of his people on a hair brained, no-fertilizer organic farming disaster that bankrupted the country. Penniless, he begged Russia to give them fertilizer, but Russia couldnt because of the EU/US sanctions! And Shame shame on Bloomberg writing on the Sri Lanka disaster with no mention of what caused it!! From now on I’m referring to any BS news as ‘Bloomberging’ the readers.

Redge
July 30, 2022 12:31 am

A 20-step plan to transform Sri Lanka into “green socio-economy”

I think he meant socio-path

H.R.
Reply to  Redge
July 30, 2022 5:49 am

The socio-path.

I like that, Redge. 👍 It should be used such as in “The GEB** Elites are leading us down their garden socio-path”


**Globalist Evil Bastard

Beagle
July 30, 2022 12:58 am

The BBC did mention the fertiliser ban in one of their “Fact Check” articles because of all the ‘misleading information’. They concluded that the fertiliser ban was not a problem.

Steve Case
Reply to  Beagle
July 30, 2022 1:30 am

A Google News search on “climate change fertilizer” turns up lots of stories, mostly about Canada’s Trudeau wanting to ban fertilizer.

Beagle
Reply to  Steve Case
July 30, 2022 2:10 am
Steve Case
Reply to  Beagle
July 30, 2022 12:08 pm

Are other reasons than just the N2O nonsense? Sure but the N2O nonsense is surely very significant. And Canada’s Trudeau wants to do the same thing. The warming from N2O is insignificant. Less than a tenth of a degree by 2100 and probably not measureable.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Beagle
July 30, 2022 12:19 pm
Tom Abbott
Reply to  Beagle
July 30, 2022 4:52 am

“They concluded that the fertiliser ban was not a problem.”

So it’s worse that we thought. Instead of ignoring it, the BBC excuses it.

I bet the former president of Sri Lanka knows what got him run out of office, even if the BBC doesn’t.

Mr. Lee
Reply to  Beagle
July 30, 2022 11:48 pm

BBCsplaining.

migueldelrio
July 30, 2022 1:12 am

Score 1 for the econazis.

Peta of Newark
July 30, 2022 1:22 am

The President lied.
Lomborg is gullible or lying
People do not eat tea – Sri Lankans depend on rice
(Poor sods, 2nd from bottom of the nutrition pile but above the Corn eaters of North America. Just.)

Sri Lanka was effective wasted by Covid lockdowns – see Tourism receipts in 2021= 20% of what they were in 2019

The President was Virtue Signalling and looking for international kudos with his lies.
C’mon people play the game’ it’s what’s going on all around us right now, it’s called Climate Change.

Sorry (again) Lomborg but Swedes, like the Norwegians, have a crap sense of humour (Poor mental agility) It’s caused the long nights/winters, shit weather and immense alcohol consumption. It doesn’t matter if you personally are T-Total, you automatically ‘come down to their level’ without realising.
It’s the same everywhere – just like accents/dialects, fashion, food choices etc
Same with hypocrisy, cronyism, dementia and mendacity. If everyone else does it, why not you yourself?

Sri Lanka tried to reverse the fertiliser edict as soon as it was seen to be unravelling but, having told their previous suppliers to ‘Go forth and multiply‘ found them to be unwilling to supply again.
Even before the price of fertiliser was running at 2 and 3 times the price it previously was.

Poor little Sri Lanka, if anything could go wrong, it did.

Rather than pointing, laughing and having a Jolly Good Time taking the piss at their expense, maybe we ought to teach ourselves something from that sad little episode.

What say you, Mr Putin?

edit to clarify:
You see what happened?
The President of Lanka tried to emulate what he saw going on in the West, with what Western Leaders were saying and doing.. Still are, brain-dead clowns.
i.e. As the EU did just a couple years ago, actually laughing in the face of Mr Putin.
How many cliches apply…….

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Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 30, 2022 5:35 am

Do you have a decoder ring for this?

Meab
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 30, 2022 12:47 pm

Uh, Peta, tea is Sri Lanka’s 2nd largest export. It is how the Sri Lankans get money to buy fuel, fertilizer, the food that they can’t grow themselves, and a myriad of other goods. That part was stupid. The rest of your post is stupid and offensive.

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 1, 2022 8:08 am

This drivel reminds me, once again, how glad I am my drunken days ended prior to the advent of this interweb thingy.

eo
July 30, 2022 1:31 am

One of the ancient myths of chemistry was the presence of “vital” essence in the chemicals produced by living organism. Vitalism holds the impossibility of making organic chemicals from organic substances. Today we have a revival of “vitalism” or neo-vitalism holds that plant nutrients such as urea produced by animals have vital essence for the health and well being of the consumer that is absent in urea produced in fertilizer factories even if all the physical and chemical test results show they are the same. Hence, the preference for “organic food” from organic food. If you could afford to pay for the presence of the “vital” component in “organic food” well and good. Malthus was proven wrong because more food is produced without the “vital” spirit. For a developing country like Sri Lanka, the policymakers should have first accounted for the cost of the “vital” spirit in “organic food” that is not there in organic food.
The environmental movement has been hijacked by specialists in media campaign and they are winning. The slogans are simply contrary to scientific principles but politicians and the general public are taking it hook line and sinker. Take the case of the campaign against ” Our chemical world”-the whole universe is simply made up of energy and matter or chemicals may they be light or dark. “Zero wastes Program” is simply contrary to the second law of thermodynamics.

otropogo
Reply to  eo
July 30, 2022 9:32 pm

“… Hence, the preference for “organic food” from [sic] organic food…”. To ascribe preference for “organic” food to nothing more than a misunderstanding of fertilizers is ridiculous. Organic food is certified to be free of synthetic herbicides and pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. In some cases, as with organic chicken, there are also requirements for the well-being of the animals.

And the fact that an ill-informed or ill-advised national leader is able to damage his country’s food sufficiency through bad planning has no more bearing on the merits of organic agriculture than literally shooting himself in the foot would have had on the quality of the firearm used.

Editor
July 30, 2022 2:10 am

And the President made his intentions very clear in his speech at COP26:

As we are all aware, climate change is one of the greatest crises the world currently faces.
The leaders of nearly all countries are meeting over the next two days to discuss and hopefully commit to actions that will start leading us out of it.
In doing so, one of the key issues that Sri Lanka and some other countries will rightfully draw attention to is that of sustainable nitrogen management.
In October 2019, fourteen nations joined the Colombo Declaration on Sustainable Management.
This important declaration encourages nations to develop national roadmaps for sustainable nitrogen management, with a view to reducing nitrogen waste in half by 2030.

Nitrogen is an abundant element that is essential to the sustenance of all living things.
However, reactive nitrogen generated by human activity and released into ecosystems worsens climate change.

It is in this context that my Government took firm steps to reduce imports of chemical fertilizer, and strongly encourage organic agriculture.”

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2022/07/11/if-you-want-to-know-how-sri-lankas-president-destroyed-his-country-read-his-cop26-speech/

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Paul Homewood
July 30, 2022 4:58 am

“However, reactive nitrogen generated by human activity and released into ecosystems worsens climate change.”

There’s no evidence for that, of course. It’s just an assertion not backed up by the facts. That is what the entire human-caused climate change narrative is made of: Unsubstantiated assertions.

Our leaders are acting on unsubstantiated assertions about the Earth’s climate and human activity, to the detriment of all of us. Idiocracy it is.

Yirgach
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 30, 2022 12:13 pm

It’s called “drinking the cool aid”.

eo
Reply to  Paul Homewood
July 30, 2022 4:11 pm

Chemical fertilizers—-fertilizers from living organism are also made of chemicals if the mombo jumbo is taken out.

Doonman
Reply to  Paul Homewood
July 30, 2022 6:14 pm

Nitrogen is an abundant element that is essential to the sustenance of all living things.However, reactive nitrogen generated by human activity and released into ecosystems worsens climate change.

Strange….. is the amount of reactive nitrogen from non human activity included in general circulation climate models? And then is the reactive nitrogen generated by human activity since agriculture began added to see what the differences are?

I don’t recall ever seeing a reference to this measurement before and I don’t know where the world reactive nitrogen measurement lab is located. Surely if this statement is true, when Indians first added fish to the ground to increase the production of corn crops the world’s temperature must have risen. But they didn’t have an industrial revolution to blame it on, did they? And when Bison manure was suddenly stopped being added across the entire Great Plains when they were almost exterminated the temperature must have measureably dropped as well. Are these results shown in climate models?

And what about the effect of catalytic converters on automobiles which sole purpose is to remove oxides of nitrogen from the atmosphere? Or lightning which produces it as well?

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fretslider
July 30, 2022 2:22 am

For the Waffen BBC it’s all about foreign currency

“What happens when a country runs out of money?”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-61028138.amp

They say… “It needs a functioning government to tackle the financial crisis.”

See! Nothing to do with going green

ozspeaksup
July 30, 2022 3:06 am

govt was already running short of funds so using “wanting to go organic” sounded good to people. still growing highly dependant commercial gmo or fiddled crops that RELY on high input fertiliser was a no brainer to fail. there are very few commercial growers and seed for the hardier less reliant varieties left and that is forced onto farmers BY sellers of seed and the grain handlers refusals to store “not new ” products the grain handlers are hugely owned BY ussa canadian aggrocompanies and they ARE very AGGRO in marketing etc

Tom Abbott
July 30, 2022 4:34 am

From the article: President of Sri Lanka: “Sri Lanka will become first country to be free of chemical fertilizer;”

Yeah, and look what that got you. It didn’t quite work out the way you thought it would, did it. You know you are a damn fool, don’t you? Surely, you know it now.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 30, 2022 9:32 am

Free of people as well ..

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 30, 2022 12:58 pm

It underscores the need for testing to assure that it is going to work. Betting the lives and livelihoods of their citizens on a nationwide reality test is how the totalitarians do a feasibility study. Same with the multi-trillion dollar renewables failure. They then feel they have to do multi-trillion dollar eco retrofits that they want to believe will fix it.

They work from outcomes that they want to have. Even the IPCC was charged with showing that human caused CO2 was causing dangerous climate change instead of truly investigating if. This was the first step in a continuing chain of non-scientific study that is the hallmark of the meme chosen to front the real purpose installing a New Word Order (BTW, this is not a new idea. Hitler used this same terminology for his “Great Reset”)

Tom Halla
July 30, 2022 4:52 am

Organic Agriculture is a renamed version of Biodynamic Agriculture, which arose out of the same rejection of science as did Ariosophy, a movement that gave rise to the NSDAP. The Nazis also embraced this farming philosophy, with Heinrich Himmler a particular fan.
Organic is as badly defined and as illusory as Aryan, and is apparently leading to the same sort of mad decisions.

Yirgach
Reply to  Tom Halla
July 30, 2022 12:23 pm

Ariosophy was brought to you by the mad Austrian Rudolph Steiner who “believed that there is a spiritual world comprehensible to pure thought but accessible only to the highest faculties of mental knowledge”. No wonder the Nazis latched onto this guy.

roaddog
July 30, 2022 5:35 am

Media gaslighting. Nothing new about that.

You may recall, “The Hunter Biden laptop is Russian disinformation.”

mkelly
July 30, 2022 6:03 am

And Lomborg fails to address the underlying issue.

CO2 isn’t and can’t cause warming.

All these bad policies stem from the acceptance of the idea that CO2 causes warming.

Reply to  mkelly
July 30, 2022 9:36 am

Once you accept that witches fly on brooms, everything becomes scientific.

Gary Pearse
July 30, 2022 10:02 am

As I have been advising, sceptics have been successfully marginalized by Dark Side climate purveyors and scientific arguments simply fall on barren ground. Ridicule and shaming is all that will work. Here Prime Minister Rajapaksa, a true believer in the climate scam bet the lives of his people on his ‘saving the world’ quest with horrific results.

This is a gift to sceptics. I suggest we use the term “New Colombo Plan” to apply to all the totalitarian scourges being perpetrated by Western Governments (Clueless Clucks Clowns). Also name and shame prominent ideologues in “The Science” whenever they pipe up their alarm. Maybe have an annual notoriety ‘contest’ to pick winners.

Dave Fair
July 30, 2022 10:05 am

‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’” needs to be right up there with “Great Leap Forward.” What do you want to bet the Leftist media will bury this message?

ResourceGuy
July 30, 2022 12:06 pm

It’s too bad a whole country had to suffer to this extent to run the policy experiment with human subjects. The only lesson for greens will be the penalty images of presidential palace protest and not the actual human costs. Isn’t that right Al, JK, and Bernie.

griff
July 30, 2022 2:16 pm

and he had Sri Lanka go organic not out of any conviction of the merits of organic agriculture, but because his nation couldn’t afford the foreign currency to import fertiliser (and he was erroneously advised as to the capacity of the nation to replace fertiliser imports)

Old Cocky
Reply to  griff
July 30, 2022 3:56 pm

The poor decision had the same result, irrespective of the real reasons behind it.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  griff
July 30, 2022 7:44 pm

Are you actually defending the former president of Sri Lanka, Griff?

tommyboy
July 30, 2022 9:13 pm

These terrible government policies will result in food shortages which will be reported in the media as further evidence of apocalyptic climate change.

Walter Sobchak
July 31, 2022 12:15 pm

“President very clear that he wanted to get rid of synthetic fertilizers for health reasons, not to save money”

Another politician lies and we are supposed to be shocked?

The parsimonius explanation is that he needed the money to pay off his Chinese financier and some western do gooder sold him on the idea that he could save money by switching to “organic” farming.

And Alec Baldwin didn’t think the gun was loaded.

It is entirely possible to do something horrendously stupid for tow bad reasons. And the Lankan president did.

Next

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
July 31, 2022 12:48 pm

two bad reasons not “tow bad reasons”

paul
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
July 31, 2022 1:51 pm

back in the day he woulda never made it out of town alive.
That part of the world had a thing about putting heads on a pike at one time.

August 2, 2022 9:50 pm

The BBC has become a peddler of pure lies while it doubles down on an increasingly cornered political position. Concealing the organic and fertiliser basis of the Sri Lanka disaster which is human-made. Also concealing all the farmer protests in the Netherlands and around the world.

And at home in the U.K. they paradoxically are throwing their full support cravenly behind Liz Truss, the far-right candidate for prime minister. For instance she made comments that were scandalously inept about Scotland’s elected first minister Nicola Sturgeon, calling her “attention-seeking” and that she should be “ignored”. The BBC has again drawn down a curtain of silence around that. They obviously are mandated to support Truss over her hard line and potentially suicidally extreme views on the Ukraine war. They must fear a more moderate and civilised approach from the alternative candidate Rishi Sunak.

All in all the BBC is a disgrace to its profession.

August 5, 2022 12:59 pm

This is the first state-run eugenics program to control population.

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