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Climate catastrophe? The end of civilization as we know it? Are the current staggeringly expensive actions now being considered really helping to save the world - or are we just burning money? In this “eye-opening” (Los Angeles Times) documentary, author Bjorn Lomborg (“The Skeptical Environmentalist”) asks us to question the facts and the solutions. Why in the world are we spending so much money on “green” initiatives…for such little gain? Are there better ways to solve the problems? How else could that money be spent? No matter what our opinions are on the environmental movement, Cool It is an “engrossing” film (The New York Times) that asks us to rethink our polarized views. After all, nothing less than the planet is at stake.

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The documentary Cool It presents itself as the "alternative" view to Al Gore's award-winning An Inconvenient Truth on the issue of global warming. But the reality is that Cool It, which focuses on the boyish and controversial Danish scientist Bjørn Lomborg, presents solutions and theories on global warming that actually complement Gore's position, but without the "scare tactics" that Lomborg believes are breeding worldwide hysteria on the subject. Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, is apparently not skeptical at all when it comes to believing whether human impact and carbon emissions are causing the earth to warm. But Lomborg's proposals steer away from Gore's proposed caps on carbon emissions as being "completely un-cost-effective," and suggest several other tactics world and energy leaders might take. Lomborg is a fan of making alternative energy sources like solar, wind, and even wave power more affordable, and exploring more radical ideas like a revamped approach to nuclear energy. Cool It is slow to get traction, as it first lays the background of how controversial Lomborg's book is and how disliked Lomborg is among certain policymakers and academicians. It's only in the second half of Cool It that Lomborg finally delivers his own proposals about global warming, in lectures to students and in a series of interviews. And once he begins to unveil his suggestions, most of which he makes a fairly strong case for, the viewer becomes eager to hear a third party ask both Lomborg and Gore together what each thinks of the other's ideas, and how they might work on the same team. Whether the viewer ultimately agrees with Lomborg or not, Cool It is a must-see for anyone interested in the science--and politics--of global warming. --A.T. Hurley

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• Includes 15 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes and theatrical trailer

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  • Actors: Bjørn Lomborg, Hashem Akbari, Joe Barton, Ed Begley Jr., Jagdish Bhagwati
  • Directors: Ondi Timoner
  • Writers: Bjørn Lomborg, Ondi Timoner, Sarah Gibson, Terry Botwick
  • Producers: Ondi Timoner, Joel Lehmann, Ralph Winter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IN75D0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cool It" on IMDb

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This is a fascinating documentary about Bjorn Lomborg, who wrote The Skeptical Environmentalist, and other books discussing Global Warming (or what is now often referred to as "Climate Change"). Bjorn Lomborg has become something of a Boogyman for the environmental left, which perplexes me. Here are the broad strokes of what he believes, as outline in this documentary:

A.) Global Warming is happening

B.) It is contributed to by man's activity (he doesn't specify how much or how little he thinks man's contribution is).

C.) It is a problem that needs to be addressed.

For this he is routinely pilloried by those that...believe in global warming? Doesn't make sense, right? Well, that is because here are a couple of other things he believes:

D.) While Global Warming is a problem it is not going to lead to the end of the world.

E.) There is too much fear mongering and bad science involved in the current debate.

F.) The most commonly proposed solutions (in large part reducing carbon emissions) have enormous costs and provide almost no benefits (for example, about a 0.1 degree reduction in the projected temperature over a CENTURY, at a cost of 180+ TRILLION of today's dollars).

For this he is attacked and insulted. People try to discredit him and ruin his career.

I have watched An Inconvenient Truth, and now I have watched this. While this movie does indeed easily debunk a number of claims made by Al Gore's movie, I wouldn't consider it the Anti-Inconvenient Truth, but it certainly provides a good counterpoint to that film. I would recommend everyone watch both and decide for themselves where they come down on the issues.

I should also add that this is not completely devoted to global warming.
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Fantastic! Lomborg believes in global warming but believes money should be spent where it does the most good. He shows that the usual solutions proposed for global warming (like cap and trade) are extremely expensive (about $250B/yr) but produce virtually no results. He discusses things that can be done to actually help reduce global warming which are MUCH cheaper than the usual solutions. He also discusses many other problems (like malnutrition) that could be solved for far less than we would spend on global warming, but produce a huge result and leave the world a better place. To me the most interesting part was the promising technologies that are in the research & development phase, like fuel from algae. This is a reasonable approach to global warming; its fact-based, sound science. Watch this and you'll come away with a positive outlook for the future. Excellent DVD.
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The one thing I appreciate about Mr Bjørn Lomborg is his rational way of thinking and attacking a problem - even in debates often guided by irrationality. He keeps a clear head and his eye on the target!

This documentary illustrates the very real problem of global warming and discusses how best to solve this for the benefit of both present and future generations. And he relates to a cost/benefit way of thinking and takes us through the bureaucratic machine and alternative solutions.

The documentary itself is a little self promotional and the first 30 minutes especially seems like a mushy infomercial. But, as the documentary progress it all fits together and end up forcing you to think sceptically on how to solve problems, not only global warming but many other global problems as well. So don’t let the first 30 minutes discard you.

The documentary is as much about global warming and possible solutions as it is about how the bureaucracy on this level of decision making (and obviously a major critic point in this Documentary). One critic point I have is that COOL IT does not really end up giving us a pragmatic approach or a solid game plan (I was personally hoping for this). It does however give us a better insight and a more diversified overview of possible solutions (some new to me) and not least it disproves what solutions the mainstream suggests today.

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Do not skip the deleted scenes section of the DVD - I think it shows some very interesting aspects on the subject at hand.
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Science is shown to be closer to religion than is usually believed. Lomborg was attacked in the media as 'heretic', not a scientific term. Gore's movie is 'propaganda' a term started by the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. This movie shows school children drawing the future death of the planet, like the mideveal obsession with hellfire.

The teaching that unless the new priesthood of environmental science is believed and obeyed, the earth will end in a fiery destruction, seems a secular version of the teaching of mideveal hellfire for those rejecting the priesthood of that time. Another reminder of religious belief is the idea that God will burn up the earth to punish sinners.

Julian Simon is credited with the ideas that challenged Lomborg's beliefs. He attempted to disprove Simon and failed. Interesting that the only idea of Simon's covered was that economic life is improving. This one thought was enough to start Lomborg in a new direction. Simon's picture is shown with devil's horns added.

Fear is shown to be the goal of the environmental community, not truth, and is needed due to the danger to the human race. Remember the inquisition justified suffering with the idea that the more suffering here and now on earth would remove or prevent suffering in fire in the future next world.

Fascinating.
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