There is a new documentary out that is causing quite a bit of controversy, on the mistakes and exaggerations of global warming. For some, it is the response to Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth”. It is called “Cool It” and despite its potential for generating controversy, has been surprisingly well accepted. One good way to learn is to look at what the opposition is saying. Andy Revkin from the New York Times, a long time advocate of climate change and personally very involved in the issue has a surprisingly positive view on the documentary. You can see Revkin’s comments here and Lomborg’s own answer to questions and criticisms here.To me, it seems like the final strike to a ‘cultural narrative’ that is dying, as I mentioned here.
Lomborg’s approach seems to be not to contest climate change on scientific grounds, but rather on economic and cultural grounds. With the information we have, what should we do? In unraveling that question Lomborg seems to give responses very similar to many serious academics committed to climate change but disenchanted with the responses in the popular media, such as Roger Pielke Jr., Max Boykoff, Judy Curry and others.