Note: Dr. Richard Tol is featured in the upcoming film 'Climate Hustle'
Question: 'Are you concerned that the future of your children is at risk due to climate change?'
Tol: “Not for a moment. It disturbs me hearing people like Al Gore say that he is worried about the future of his grandchildren. Complete madness. The best estimate is that sea level will rise half a meter this century. That is from the ground to our knees.'
'Unless you raise funds for Greenpeace or are a politician who presents themself as the savior of mankind: then you gain by exaggerating things.'
Dr. Richard Tol used to be a member of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
His early research was on the statistical link between greenhouse gases and climate change.
He set out to prove Nordhaus’s low carbon price argument wrong – but ended up proving Nordhaus right.
In this intellectual climate, it is no shock that at the recent Paris climate conference, Western capitalism was blamed entirely for climate change. This has sparked the demand for “climate reparations” without a thought that, over the past two decades, this same capitalism has helped a billion people out of poverty, mostly in the developing world.