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    This Danish "Climate Policy Skeptic" Just Received $4 Million Funding From The Government

    Meet the controversial author who just received millions in education funding from the coalition for a new research centre.

    The government has confirmed it will contribute $4 million over four years to set up a think-tank run by prominent Danish "climate policy skeptic" Bjorn Lomborg at the University of Western Australia.

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    The prominent political scientist is best known for his bestselling 2001 book The Skeptical Environmentalist, in which he argues that the problems of global warming and declining energy resources are overblown.

    Lomborg was accused of scientific dishonesty by a group of environmental scientists after its publication, and he was called a "performance artist disguised as an academic" by author Howard Friel, who fact-checked the book.

    In 2006, Lomborg established the Copenhagen Consensus Center with funding from the Danish government, but they withdrew funding in 2012, and Lomborg was forced to set up the institute as a non-profit organisation in the United States.

    A spokesperson for education minister Christopher Pyne told The Guardian the government was contributing a third of the total funding to "bring the Copenhagen Consensus Center methodology to Australia".

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    The newspaper reports the establishment of the Australia Consensus Centre surprised senior staff in the university's business school, who didn't know about it until the announcement this month.

    Mr Lomborg says the centre will "help inform the national and international conversation on setting the most effective priorities."

    Members of the government seem to be big fans of Lomborg's work. Trade minister Andrew Robb met with him during climate negotiations in Lima last year.

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    "It doesn't make sense, though, to impose certain and substantial costs on the economy now in order to avoid unknown and perhaps even benign changes in the future. As Bjorn Lomborg has said: "Natural science has undeniably shown us that global warming is man made and real. But just as undeniable is the economic science which makes it clear that a narrow focus on reducing carbon emissions could leave future generations with major costs, without major cuts to temperatures."

    Bjorn Lomborg was also a speaker at a G20 event in Brisbane, at a function sponsored by coal company Peabody Energy, where he argued that the developing countries needed fossil fuels.

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    Lomborg acknowledges that climate change is real and caused by humans, but says policy makers are coming up with unfeasible "feel-good" solutions.

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    In a column for the Wall Street Journal last month titled 'The Alarming Thing About Climate Alarmism' he described solar and wind energy as "simply expensive, feel-good measures that will have an imperceptible climate impact."

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