Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cool It

Bjorn Lomborg wants to tone done the global warmist hysteria. Indeed he spoke about the good things that could happen because of global warming when I heard him speak in Montreal. He actually believes in global warming but has a much more reasoned approach to it. He now has a movie. I don't altogether agree with Lomborg, but he is a reasonable person to talk to. His movie which premiered at TIFF should be very interesting.

One cool movie

Peter Foster, Financial Post · Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

Danish "skeptical environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg is at least as charismatic as Al Gore and far more personable. Cool It, the film about Mr. Lomborg's crusade to bring some rationality to the climate change issue -- which premiered on Sunday night at the Toronto International Film Festival -- is also every bit as well done as An Inconvenient Truth, the Oscar-winning movie about Mr. Gore's ghastly but self-interested psychic projections.

Every schoolchild who was forced to watch Mr. Gore's apocalyptic whoppers should also be given the opportunity to see Cool It, which presents a balanced and convincing case against doom and gloom.

The movie starts by demonstrating the disgraceful way in which children in the West have been terrorized by -- and used for -- catastrophic propaganda. It also cleverly uses bright-eyed poor kids in an African school to highlight aspirations that for the foreseeable future can only be fed by fossil fuels.

An Inconvenient Truth was essentially an Al Gore road trip. Cool It, while it similarly shows Mr. Lomborg on the lecture circuit, features many more interviews with experts who debunk Gore-ish catastrophism on rising sea levels, spreading disease, and polar bear deaths. Nevertheless, alarmists such as (the late) Stephen Schneider (to whom, for some inexplicable reason, the film is dedicated) and James Hansen are also given time in front of the camera.

The film-- whose title comes from a book by Mr. Lomborg -- notes how the erudite Dane came to his skepticism after reading an article by American economist Julian Simon that debunked many doomster claims and economic myths. Mr. Lomborg was offended and set his students to check out Prof. Simon's work. He discovered that it was mostly true: things were not getting perpetually worse, but better. He published a book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, based on these thoroughly researched findings. It drew torrents of abuse and accusations of "intellectual dishonesty" from a branch of the Danish government, which relied for ammunition on the mainly U.S.-based environmental establishment. These accusations were subsequently proved to be not only without merit, but without content.

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