Monday, November 08, 2010

Cautionary Tales:
Beyond Skeptical Environmentalism

Given $50 billion to spend, which would you solve first, AIDS or global warming?

It would be difficult to deny that the world is getting a bit warmer over a period of years. You can chart the trend and see it for yourself. The question remains as to whether or not it is a man-made phenomenon (as opposed to solar activity or other natural cyclical phenomena), or, if it is indeed man-made, whether or not the cause has been identified correctly. Until then, enough people have made a killing by traveling the world in private Gulfstream jets, and scaring other people into thinking, that if we don't stop using plastic grocery bags (which are not as handy as paper bags with handles most of the time), and continue using the light bulb that Thomas Edison invented, we're all going to die.

But then there's Bjørn Lomborg.

The Danish political scientist and author of the controversial book "The Skeptical Environmentalist" is now the subject of a movie. COOL IT is based upon the book of the same name and lectures by Bjørn Lomborg. Award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner travels the world with Lomborg, as challenges conventional assumptions, and comes up with surprising answers.

But you have to watch the first video to know this. Full-screen viewing is recommended.

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