Cool It

Cool It

The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming

Book - 2007
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A groundbreaking book that transforms the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns.

Bjorn Lomborg argues that many of the elaborate and expensive actions now being considered to stop global warming will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, are often based on emotional rather than strictly scientific assumptions, and may very well have little impact on the world’s temperature for hundreds of years. 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.

Lomborg presents us with a second generation of thinking on global warming that believes panic is neither warranted nor a constructive place from which to deal with any of humanity’s problems, not just global warming. Cool It promises to be one of the most talked about and influential books of our time.

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Argues that many of the elaborate actions being considered to stop global warming are too costly and will have little impact, and suggests that society's focus should be on such immediate concerns as fighting HIV/AIDS and maintaining a fresh water supply.

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While the fact of anthropogenic global warming is certainly beyond debate, argues Lomborg (an economist at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), the nature of our response to it is not. He warns that "hysterical" spending on extravagant carbon dioxide reduction programs as envisioned by the Kyoto Protocol is a wasteful option, especially in comparison to the good that could be done by diverting extra resources to global priorities identified by the 2004 Copenhagen Consensus of economists. These include control of HIV AIDS, addressing malnutrition, trade liberalization, control of malaria, development of new agricultural technologies, research on water productivity in food production, and lowering the cost of starting a new business. According to the Copenhagen Consensus, all of these are good to very good opportunities, while carbon taxes and the Kyoto Protocol are bad opportunities. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307266927
Branch Call Number: 363.7387 LOM
Characteristics: x, 253 p. ; 20 cm


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Mar 07, 2019

Funny how environmentalists resort immediately to ad hominem attacks and conspiracy theories about.. wait a minute.... the Koch brothers. How about letting us simpletons know how he gets things wrong in the actual book?

Sep 23, 2018

The highly acclaimed book 'Cool It' is not written by a global warming skeptic, but rather looks at cost-benefit analyses of how best to fight global warming in economic terms. The ad hominem attacks in the reviews by 'carbonbusters' , 'Robertshallcross', and 'naturalist' do not address the contents of the book, but rather are knee-jerk histrionics to try to dissuade inquisitive minds from looking at the economic and humanitarian issues from a dispassionate viewpoint. Read the book and make up your own mind.

Jan 26, 2016

Bjorn Lomborg is not competent on the subject of climate change, and it shows. His basic attitude is "wait and do nothing".

EuSei Nov 21, 2015

According to the Gosspell (Wikipedia, that is!): Mr. Lomborg is a vegetarian and "has been a participant in information campaigns in Denmark about homosexuality" (him being a homosexual). And, from the horse's mouth: "I used to be a member of Green Peace." ( Hardly what one would call a Conservative.


Jun 20, 2015

Bjorn Lomborg is a charlatan funded by Exxon Mobil and the Koch brothers. For example in 2012 alone, Lomborg's personal "foundation" raked in $775K from shell groups and dummy organizations funded by the Koch brothers' fossil fuel empire. Together, the Kochs are now richer than Bill Gates and also seem to have gained control of the Republican Party.

Kare Fog runs a web site focused on Lomborg's lies, misstatements, and factual distortions.

“Cool It” is one of the most thoroughly debunked climate change documents on Earth. The stream of scientific refutations is nearly endless, including from his home country's Ministry of Science (Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty) and petitions from his own university colleagues.

Aug 27, 2014

“NY Times Says Earth Has Unlimited Carrying Capacity, So Forget Climate Change and Party On, Homo Sapiens!” ..... . . . .
Suggested reading:
"The Lomborg Deception : Setting the Record Straight about Global Warming" by Howard Friel (b.1955), foreword by Thomas E. Lovejoy.... Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0300161038
look at the "Lomborg-Errors" website: . . .
and, the entry on the author, from:

Dec 07, 2009

A voice of truth among all the deception.


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