A Book That Leads Nowhere
Cool It, The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to
By Bjorn Lomborg
(Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2008)
An Essay by Jigs Gardner
Cool It, The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, is useful only as a cautionary tale. Bjorn Lomborg is one of those sweetly reasonable people who think,
"I believe most participants in the debate have good and honorable intentions--we all want to work toward a better world."
That tells us not only that he's naive, but simpleminded, too. So he accepts the idea of global warming and also that the cause is human activity. He differs from Al Gore and co. in thinking that the publicized consequences of global warming are greatly exaggerated, and that we need better solutions than expensive and ineffectual CO2 cuts, because we have many more important problems (hunger, poverty, disease) to which our resources should be directed.
The book, only 164 pages, examines many of the exaggerated global warming disaster claims, from vanishing polar bears to melting ice caps, showing up their foolishness. While he points out more than once that vituperations of global warming advocates prohibit honest dialogue and distort science, this insight doesn't lead him to see that these are not reasonable folks with good intentions. So the book really leads nowhere.
He does not understand that global warming (now "climate change" since temperatures have been dropping) is only a weapon of Greenism, itself a political movement. Greens want to control our lives and property, and until we recognize that our resistance will be ineffectual.
March 22, 2011