Cool It

Cool It

DVD - 2011
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From the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist comes this practical guide to solving our environmental problems and cooling the 'green' hysteria that's gripping the planet. Based on the controversial book by political scientist Bjorn Lomborg
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Films, 2011
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.738 Cool 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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kerkrobe
Apr 24, 2016

This is a good doc for showing the evolving nature of the world response to climate change policy at a particular moment in time. There are lots of actors and lots of various interests. It shows the complexity of environmentalism.

real_thing Apr 13, 2016

It's old but still educational

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rdaigle
Mar 05, 2016

Very good video. It's like a breath of fresh air to see someone finally challenging the powerful climate change lobby group. These days it seems no one can challenge conventional wisdom on climate change without being accused of being on the payroll of big oil. That's the kind of smear tactic that got Hitler into power.

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kolson
Nov 18, 2014

This is only half the story. This ruling you mention was overturned by a higher body in Denmark - have a look at the Wikipedia page for Bjorn Lomborg where the details of this ruling are presented.

Yes, this book was met with controversy because it called out many famous environmental scientists on making dishonest statements and presenting misleading results.

His work was supported by many prominent scientists and publications such as the Economist and the Atlantic, among others.

His basic premise is that world is in much, much better shape than we are led to believe by the environmental movement. Also, we have limited resources so we should putting money into the global problems that return the most bang for the buck.

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Incal
Apr 14, 2014

Lomborg retraces his involvement in the controversy surrounding global climate -- and instead of joining the panic chorus, he counsels a level-headed approach to mitigating further human impact. He also recommends adapting to the change that's already here. (Despite warmist projections, and Lomborg's own position, that change is toward a less heat-retentive world.)

Bjorn Lomborg is a personable, agreeable host, and this movie is meant to add a calmer voice to the debate. That Lomborg himself has been grilled by climate-alarm purists for articulating his own voice, rather than echoing theirs, establishes a distressing intolerance that has no place in scientific discourse. "Cool It" doesn't confront groupthink fanaticism in high places, unfortunately -- but then, it wasn't devised to. What it does is gives Lomborg his say, and he is worth listening to.

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naturalist
Mar 03, 2014

Suggested reading:
"The Lomborg Deception : Setting the Record Straight about Global Warming"
by Howard Friel (b.1955), foreword by Thomas E. Lovejoy
Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0300161038
also, consult
"Lomborg-Errors" website: http://www.lomborg-errors.dk
and read
“Just Cool It: the Climate Crisis and What We Can Do”
by David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC OBC (1936-) and Ian Hamilton (1946-)
Greystone Books Ltd. 2017, ISBN-13: 9781771642590, ISBN-10: 1771642599

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TheOnlyRealDonleys
Feb 15, 2014

It is worth noting that pretty much every conclusion Lomborg draws from his 'data' has been long debunked nearly literally every other scientist alive. He was actually brought before the Danish Committee on Scientific Dishonesty. They found the book guilty of Fabrication of data, Selective discarding of unwanted results (selective citation), Deliberately misleading use of statistical methods, Distorted interpretation of conclusions;
Plagiarism, and Deliberate misinterpretation of others' results. Lomborg was found not guilty due to a lack of expertise in the fields in question. So this is a 'documentary' based on a book that is officially wrong on every level.

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gandhi_senn
Jan 11, 2012

A definite improvement to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth", seemingly providing a much more balanced story.

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8217549
Oct 16, 2011

this dude has very interesting ideas. he gives hope that there is a future for us

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dprodrig
Sep 23, 2011

I don't understand why this guy has all the environmentalists in an uproar. He's not disputing global warming, he's just giving his analytical opinion on why tackling other environmental and societal issues may be more pressing than global warming alone. From my perspective, I think they are all linked - that the health of the people in the 3rd world, where a lot of pollution, disease, etc, exists should take precedent over other issues. I also think it's okay that 1st and 3rd world countries have differing concerns. I personally would like to see a focus on not only energy efficiency, clean energy, but real solutions to clean up environmental disasters that have created toxic zones. I find the revelation of the developing technologies to be interesting, but you will never convince me that nuclear is a real option up and until the waste that is generated is completely environmentally neutral. A relatively smaller half live of the radio active waste is just not enough.

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