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Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming Paperback – August 12, 2008
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Amazon.com Guest Reviewer: Michael Crichton
In his many science-themed bestsellers--including The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Prey, and most recently, Next--Michael Crichton has covered everything from genetically engineered dinosaurs to time travel to nantechnology run amok. Having cast his own views on the dangers and hysteria surrounding global warming with State of Fear, he turns his pen toward the often controversial Bjørn Lomborg and his latest book, Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming.
Bjørn Lomborg is the best-informed and most humane advocate for environmental change in the world today. In contrast to other figures that promote a single issue while ignoring others, Lomborg views the globe as a whole, studies all the problems we face, ranks them, and determines how best, and in what order, we should address them. His first book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, established the importance of a fact-based approach. With later books, Global Crises, Global Solutions and How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, this mild-mannered Danish statistician has steadily gained new converts. Not surprisingly, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming will further enhance Lomborgs reputation for global analysis and thoughtful response. For anyone who wants an overview of the global warming debate from an objective source, this brief text is a perfect place to start. Lomborg is only interested in real problems, and he has no patience with media fear-mongering; he begins by dispatching the myth of the endangered polar bears, showing that this Disneyesque cartoon has no relevance to the real world where polar bear populations are in fact increasing. Lomborg considers the issue in detail, citing sources from Al Gore to the World Wildlife Fund, then demonstrating that polar bear populations have actually increased five fold since the 1960s. Lomborg then works his way through the concerns we hear so much about: higher temperatures, heat deaths, species extinctions, the cost of cutting carbon, the technology to do it. Lomborg believes firmly in climate change--despite his critics, he's no denier--but his fact-based approach, grounded in economic analyses, leads him again and again to a different view. He reviews published estimates of the cost of climate change, and the cost of addressing it, and concludes that "we actually end up paying more for a partial solution than the cost of the entire problem. That is a bad deal." In some of the most disturbing chapters, Lomborg recounts what leading climate figures have said about anyone who questions the orthodoxy, thus demonstrating the illiberal, antidemocratic tone of the current debate. Lomborg himself takes the larger view, explaining in detail why the tone of hysteria is inappropriate to addressing the problems we face. In the end, Lomborgs concerns embrace the planet. He contrasts our concern for climate with other concerns such as HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, and providing clean water to the world. In the end, his ability to put climate in a global perspective is perhaps the books greatest value. Lomborg and Cool It are our best guides to our shared environmental future. --Michael Crichton (photo credit: Jonathan Exley)
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Lomborg, a political scientist and economist with a conservative approach to environmentalism, presents a work that's likely to garner as much acclaim and disdain as his first book, 2001's The Skeptical Environmentalist. This "Guide to Global Warming," while thoroughly referenced and convincingly argued, ignores many climate studies and assumes that climate change will continue at a steady rate (not necessarily the case). From this vantage, Lomborg suggests workable solutions beyond "hysteria and headlong spending," proposing a tax on CO2 "at the economically correct level of about two dollars per ton, or maximally fourteen dollars per ton" and that "all nations should commit themselves to spending 0.05 percent of GDP in R&D of noncarbon-emitting energy technologies." Gross simplification, however, leads to misleading generalizations and questionable arguments, such as Lomborg's claim that a reduction in global cold weather-related deaths that outweighs the rising number of heat-related deaths means global warming is good for humanity. Though he argues passionately, Lomborg's efforts seem more about pushing his opponents' buttons than facing honestly the complexities of global climate change.
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Both sides need to read this with an open mind.
I don't mean to stretch the segue too far, but climate change is one of those emotionally divisive issues. I've wanted to review Bjorn Lomborg's analysis of global warming and what to do about for awhile and his recent book's summarizing title, "Cool It" brings the task back to mind.
I first became aware of Lomborg by happy accident while having coffee in a Salt Lake City Barnes and Noble with my friend Greig Veeder not long after I had retired from a 19 year career in investment management. Greig wanted to know what I was going to do next. I told him about my concern for the fragile American West environment and that I'd like to do something about it, maybe write. He asked why anyone should care, you know, he said, tell him the elevator pitch. Veeder does cutting edge work out of Denver on the management of sex offenders; he might have thought there were more pressing issues in the world. I was stumped, concern for our gorgeous environment seemed self evident and I didn't have a concise pitch formed yet. Greig said to get him another cup up coffee and got up and wandered into the nearby isles of books. When I brought the coffee back he was sitting there with Lomborg's first book, the soon to be blockbuster "The Skeptical Environmentalist." I've been a fan of Lomborg and his clean, objective thinking ever since.
Lomborg is a blond, blue eyed, 46 year old classic looking Dane, currently an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre and a former director of the Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen. In the preface to "The Skeptical Environmentalist" Lomborg calls himself an "old left-wing Greenpeace member." He says he was standing in a bookstore -- God love them -- in 1997 reading Wired Magazine, a magazine I also admire, about an interview with the American economist Julian Simon. Simon maintained that much of our traditional knowledge of the environment was based on preconceptions and poor statistics. At the time Lomborg was working as an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and thought it would be easy to check on Simon's sources. Lomborg decided to practice what he preached and check whether his venerable social beliefs stood up to scrutiny or turned out to be myths. I always like that moment when one realizes that what one knows to be true might not be exactly so. It turned out a lot of Simon's claims held up to scrutiny and substantially changed Lomborg's idea of what he knew to be true about climate change. He set out to publish his findings which started an ebullient global debate. In 2004 Lomborg was named by Time magazine one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Lomborg is not a global warming denier. He acknowledges the planet is warming, that man has a role and that the consequences are important and mostly negative. Without the use of even so much as a forklift, Lomborg wins me over with his calm and reasoned cost/benefit analysis. He argues that the costs and consequences may not be as great as sometimes hysterically claimed and that for the money, and often for much less money, we can have a much greater impact on the well being of mankind and the planet. Global warming, according to Lomborg, "Will cause more heat deaths, an increase in sea level, possibly more intense hurricanes and more flooding. It will give rise to more malaria, starvation and poverty." No wonder we are worried. We should be. Lomborg's point is that the most commonly prescribed solution of substantially cutting CO-2 is that it will not matter much for the problems on this list. He argues that from water scarcity to polar bears we can do relatively little with climate policies and a lot more with social policies. It's well worth a read to find out how.
-Mark Bailey, Torrey House Press
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