Bjørn Lomborg, the self-described Skeptical Environmentalist releases global warming film, Cool It.
Unless you're one of the one million people downloading ad-blocking for your browser every week, perhaps you've seen the display ads for Bjorn Lomborg's new documentary, Cool It, running here or at our other sites. But it's not just here at ecopolitology that you'll see the ads, I saw them running last night when I was watching The Daily Show. The film, which opened in select cities nationwide on November 12, is an adaptation of Lomborg's 2007 book of the same name and picks up with Lomborg's thesis that while global warming is definitely happening, we are focusing on the wrong ways of dealing with it.
Lomborg, who has been warmly, and rather curiously, received by the climate change skeptic community as a standard bearer maintains that he not only believes in global warming, he also agrees with the vast majority of scientists that it has happening because of human activity.
"Acknowledging that man-made climate change is real, but arguing that carbon cuts are not the answer, amounts to staking out a middle ground in the global warming debate – which means being attacked from both sides," Lomborg writes in a recent op-ed at Project Syndicate.
But it is Lomborg's suggested solutions to the global warming/climate change problem that has critics making the most noise.
"Of course, no fix to global warming will work overnight," Lomborg writes. "So we need to focus more on adapting to the effects of global warming – for example, by stepping up efforts to cope with inland flooding and the urban “heat island” effect. At the same time, we should explore the practicality of climate engineering, which we may need to buy more time for a smooth transition away from fossil fuels."
But there's no real point in rehashing the Lomborg arguments until I see the movie. Stay tuned. Until then, watch the Cool It trailer and get an idea of what this movie is all about.
If you're ahead of the game and have already seen the film, what did you think? Do you buy Lomborg's arguments?