Cool It Film - Reviews
Cool it review on Washington Post
‘Cool It’ sees fear in climate-change debate
CHANGE: Maybe it’s a more convenient truth
“Cool It” DVD, Lionsgate
Bjorn Lomborg’s climate change documentary “Cool It” is being pitched as a calming antidote to Al Gore’s 2006 “An Inconvenient Truth.” Certainly the movie won’t leave viewers in a state of hysteria — maybe a little bored in the cap-and-trade and alternative energy parts, though. Lomborg, a former blogger on The Post’s Planet Panel, believes that global warming is a real phenomenon but argues that “fear has been ruling the climate debate” and therefore we’re not employing smart tactics to solve it. The most interesting parts are about Lomborg himself, a 46-year-old Dane who calls his mother every day and whose 2001 book “The Skeptical Environmentalist” was so controversial that the Danish government investigated (and acquitted) him on charges including “scientific dishonesty.”
Cool it review in Oxford Prospect
By Nicholas Newman
March 28, 2011
‘Cool it’, the movie examines the voracity of some of the arguments and proposed solutions, trendy eco-warriors such as Al-Gore has publicised in his movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. ‘Cool it’, is a film adaptation of the book with the same name by noted Danish climate expert and scientist Bjorn Lomborg.
The film accepts the general thesis of global warming, but questions the economic and social solutions that are put forward to solve this problem. (...)
Triple Pundit review: Persuading Climate Change Doubters with “Cool It”
By Jonathan Mariano
July 20th, 2011
A new documentary, Cool It, may be able to help some of us in our quest to settle arguments about climate change. Most readers of this publication probably accept that climate change is a real phenomenon. But there are still people out there, usually politically charged, who think climate change is nonsense. (...)
Cool it in Barron's
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2010
Economics on View and Between Covers
By GENE EPSTEIN
Among this season's recommended books and DVDs are accounts of entrepreneurs named Preston and Howard, and bumblers named Fannie and Freddie.
See the movie, read the book. This season's list of books worth reading on economic issues—four titles—again includes DVDs, five in all, including two fictional features based on fact.
Cool It is now both a book and movie, worth reading and seeing, respectively. An absorbing documentary on global warming, featuring Danish statistician and skeptical environmentalist Bjørn Lomborg, it's drawn from Lomborg's book of the same title. If you've read the '07 version of the book, you might still consider splurging on the 2010 paperback edition, since it includes an informative afterword that updates us on this controversial issue. (...)
Globe and Mail review: Some truths that might be inconvenient for Al Gore
American filmmaker Ondi Timoner’s enthralling-to-the-point-of-dizzying documentary Cool It brings to
life its namesake – Bjorn Lomborg’s 2007 book that challenged popular thinking about how to manage
climate change, and urged instead a reset of global economic priorities.
The film explores many ideas from that book and from its bestselling, still-controversial 2001
predecessor, The Skeptical Environmentalist – in a nutshell, the books argue that the planet is better off
than many environmental pundits (like Al Gore) say it is. Cool It also goes behind the scenes into
Lomborg’s personal history and his current, jet-setting-activist life as he searches for answers to large-
scale global problems. (…)
The Toronto Star review: Cool thoughts about global warming
Four short years ago, Al Gore and Davis Guggenheim titled their environmental warning film An Inconvenient Truth, because they believed it contained ideas too radical for mass acceptance.
How quickly radical thoughts become convention wisdom in our digital-dizzy age. One Nobel prize, one Oscar and untold other huzzahs later, An Inconvenient Truth has become conventional wisdom, with only crazy people daring to challenge its assertions about planetary overheating.
New York Post review: Gores global-warming geeks
Kyle Smith, Nov 12, 2010
'Cool It," a documentary about a mild-mannered Dane proposing solutions to global warming, carries a message likely to provoke, agitate and even infuriate. The message? The world is not going to end.
Bjorn Lomborg, who (like Al Gore) is not a climatologist but a gadfly with training in political science, says global warming is an important problem and praises Gore for drawing attention to the issue with "An Incovenient Truth." But "Cool It" -- complete with its own slide show and witty graphics -- amounts to a devastating rebuttal to Gore-ism.
If someone ever demands you watch Gore's film, agree! -- on condition that your friend watch this optimistic, wised-up answer.
Lomborg, a blond who looks like a Beach Boy, started on his journey when he read a book by Julian Simon that laid out all
the ways in which the world was getting better -- man was producing more food, reducing pollution, etc. Preposterous! (...)
Review in Chicago Reader, by Andrea Gronvall
Nov 12, 2010 Cool It
Bjorn Lomborg, a political scientist from the Danish think tank the Copenhagen Consensus Center, concedes the truth of global warming but objects to scaring people about it, lest they throw money at costly or ineffective solutions. As a result this lively documentary on climate change is decidedly upbeat: Lomborg argues that reason and research will win the day, and he interviews scientists developing green technologies like wave energy (which harnesses ocean currents for power). Asserting that everyone deserves a healthy planet, he also journeys to Africa, arguing for the allocation of resources to provide clean water, combat diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS, and promote education and productivity. Thanks to her fearless, charismatic star, Ondi Timoner (Dig!, We Live in Public) has directed one of the more hopeful movies of the year.
Lomborg interview with Movie Magazine International
Movie Magazine International's 18 minute intimate interview with Bjorn Lomborn in San Francisco for the opening of "Cool It".