Working my way through a good read – COOL IT by Bjørn Lomborg


My colleague lent me this book by Bjørn Lomborg [Cool It]. And so far I am enjoying it.

It’s appeal is not just what he is saying – which is a good break down of the discourse running around the climate change debate, but rather, how he is saying it. Its a good lesson on how to deconstruct the arguments of others. Perhaps it resonates with me, because of my views when it comes to the sustainable utilisation of our marine resources and the fact that the status of the marine resource debate, is somewhat similar to that of the climate change debate in that it is so polarised.

COOL IT (Front Cover). Bjørn Lomborg

The upshot of Lomborg’s argument is that most of the measures being implemented to mitigate climate change and global warming are not only sub-economic, but are a waste of money. In addition, he argues that many of the foundational precepts and concepts are based on emotional rather than strictly scientific assumptions, and he uses examples to illustrate his point.

“Rather than starting with the most radical procedures, Lomborg argues that we should first focus our resources on more immediate concerns, such as fighting malaria and HIV/AIDS and assuring and maintaining a safe, fresh water supply-which can be addressed at a fraction of the cost and save millions of lives within our lifetime. He asks why the debate over climate change has stifled rational dialogue and killed meaningful dissent.”  []

And now the book is a movie – I can’t believe that I have never heard of it.

I am looking forward to seeing this film – if I can find it in New Zealand. I like the idea of one guy attempting to temper a polemic that is controlled on one side by big business, politicians and science and on the other by big business, politicians and science.

I do love one comment under this clip on youtube:

holy shit, this guy looks like a skinny gordon ramsey…

I totally agree – from afar at least.

Bio: Dr. Bjorn Lomborg is adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and author of the best-selling “The Skeptical Environmentalist” which was published in 2001. Cool it is said to be a sequel. In the Skeptical Environmentalist Lomborg challenged mainstream concerns about the environment and pointed out that we need to focus attention on the most important problems first. In these two clips Lomborg is speaking  at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 2008 Annual Meeting discussing Global Warming –

Authors @google:  Bjorn Lomborg ( at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. 20 September , 2007) – Be warned this last clip is over an hour in length.


One thought on “Working my way through a good read – COOL IT by Bjørn Lomborg

  1. lomborg is pretty much on the money in most aspects of the climate debate…. where i dont agree with him is when he thinks govt (taxpayers) should be funding renewalble technology. govt already has a poor enough track record of trying to pick winners (wind, solar, ethanol, electric cars etc). these technologies have been around for years now and are nowhere near close enough to take over from fossil fuels.

    fracking gas is a big game changer i think. nuclear power is underutilized, is clean and very safe.

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