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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.Read more ›
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.
Do not skip the deleted scenes section of the DVD - I think it shows some very interesting aspects on the subject at hand.
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.
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