That justifies my summer in Uganda, in one of the Millenium Villages where proven interventions are being provided in an holistic manner to bring a village cluster out of the poverty trap. I will try to find some answers to my questions.
I found this in an article written in the Copenhagen Consensus Center facebook's page. It is a think-tank in Denmark that publicizes the best ways for governments and philanthropists to spend aid and development money. And was founded by Mr. Lomborg. The article ends with the following ideas:
Lomborg notes that the world still depends on fossil fuels for more than 80% of its energy. “What will developing countries use to power their economies if they can’t burn fossil fuels?” he asks. “Alternative energy technologies like solar, wind, and geothermal power all have great promise, but they are nowhere near ready to shoulder that kind of load.”
“Those who put their hopes in the Copenhagen summit will be bitterly disappointed. But this failure could be a blessing in disguise, if it jolts politicians into recognizing the deep flaws in their current approach, and chart a smarter course”, says Lomborg. “Until now we have put the cart in front of the horse by promising carbon cuts before alternative energy is affordable.”
Lomborg argues that if governments are serious about wanting to solve global warming, they should massively increase spending on green-energy research and development. “We should increase the amount we spend on green energy R&D by a factor of fifty, to $100 billion a year – or 0.2% of global GDP. This would be more than enough to bring about the kind of game-changing technological breakthroughs it will take to make green energy cheaper and fuel our carbon-free future.”