"We should not just solve a problem if the cost of solving that problem will be even greater than the problem itself."
The above comes from this documentary featuring Bjorn Lomborg. According to this film, Lomborg is the author of the best-seller "The Skeptical Environmentalist" (2001) and the organizer of the "Copenhagen Consensus" (a project that seeks to establish monetary priorities for advancing global welfare using methodologies based on the theory of welfare economics). The problem mentioned in the above quotation is climate change or, as the media likes to call it, "global warming." (Lomborg admits that global warming is real, a serious problem, and that it's caused by humans.)
Viewing this film, one might get the impression that this film is based on the best-seller mentioned above. NO. The DVD case also doesn't mention any actual titled book.
This documentary is actually based on Lomborg's book "Cool it" (2007). I found it interesting that this book is not mentioned anywhere in this documentary. In Amazon's "editorial review" for this film (shown above), it seems that Amazon's editors think it's based on Lomborg's best-seller.)
This entire film gives a one-sided presentation based on Lomborg's personal point of view.
In the first third of the film, a few of the topics discussed are:
Scenes from Lomborg's life, the Copenhagen Consensus, the Danish Committee for Scientific Dishonesty case, Lomborg and his mother, and Lomborg's travels.
For this part of the film, I found it quite interesting that we're not told who Lomborg is. Perhaps he's an economist? NO. Perhaps he's a scientist? NO. In Amazon's "editorial review" for this film (shown above), Lomborg is cited as a "Danish scientist." In fact, Lomborg's main credential is that he has a Ph.D. in political "science." I also found it quite interesting that we're not told anything about Lomborg's lifestyle.
In the second third, some of the topics covered include:
Cap and trade invites corruption, poor people in developing countries, children in a rich country, fear, predicting the future, alarmist propaganda (especially from Al Gore and friends) regarding sea level rise, hurricanes, malaria, polar bears, and light bulbs. Cap and trade, also called emissions trading, is a market-based approach used to control pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants.)
I found for this part that Lomborg's explanations were either to simplified, overly optimistic, not true, not based on science, a distortion of the facts, or exaggerated.
In this part of the film Lomborg brings in what he considers to be experts on global warming. One of these experts who he brings in several times is octogenarian Freeman Dyson. You would think Dyson is a respected, top-rated climatologist. NO. Dyson is a British-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician, famous for work in quantum field theory, solid-state physics, and nuclear engineering.
Some of the topics covered in the last third of this documentary include:
Solar energy, wind power, more on the Copenhagen Consensus, energy storage, nuclear power, wind energy, adaptation, and geo-engineering (or, more accurately, climate engineering).
In my opinion, it's worth seeing this part of the documentary but you still have to be wary of what Lomborg says.
Finally, there are many claims throughout this film about costs and benefits. Lomborg states them as if he knows for certain what the costs will be many decades in the future. But nobody can predict these with precision. Lomborg tries to tell the viewer that he knows the exact answers, and avoids telling us that there's a wide range of estimates.
In conclusion, this documentary presented by political scientist Bjorn Lomborg is only really interesting in its last third.
(2010; 1 hr, 30 min; wide screen; 2 extras; 12 scenes)
<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>