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A documentary that takes an alternative approach to dealing with the global warming crisis.

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Ondi Timoner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bjørn Lomborg ... Himself - Director, Copenhagen Consensus Center
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hashem Akbari Hashem Akbari ... Himself - Head of Heat Island Group, Berkeley Lab
Joe Barton Joe Barton ... Himself - Representative, Texas (archive footage)
Ed Begley Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Jagdish Bhagwati Jagdish Bhagwati ... Himself - Professor of Economics, Columbia University
John Boehner ... Himself - Representative, Ohio (archive footage)
Larry David ... Himself (archive footage)
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Himself (archive footage)
John Dingell ... Himself - Representative, Michigan (archive footage)
David Duchovny ... Himself (archive footage)
Freeman Dyson ... Himself - Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Myron Ebell Myron Ebell ... Himself - Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy, CEI
Kerry Emanuel Kerry Emanuel ... Himself - Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
Tom Foreman Tom Foreman ... Himself (archive footage)
Newt Gingrich ... Himself (archive footage)
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A documentary that takes an alternative approach to dealing with the global warming crisis.

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Taglines:

A light bulb won't solve global warming. This guy's bright ideas just might.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2011 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Охладите! Глобальное потепление See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,847, 14 November 2010

Gross USA:

$62,713
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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A Rational Approach to a Divisive Issue
31 May 2011 | by ockrazSee all my reviews

Bjørn Lomborg is an environmentalist and an economist. He accepts without reservation that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by human activity, but he makes a critical examination of the methods by which we're attempting to deal with the problem. In other words, he disagrees with those who would say that climate change is not a real and serious problem, but he is skeptical of the primary strategies to combat the problem which have been advanced by mainstream environmentalists.

He's become controversial because he's asking questions of fellow environmentalists which they would rather not have to answer.

Are climate change activists engaging in alarmist scare tactics and exaggerating the dangers involved in an attempt to motivate through fear? If we wish to invest in attempts to improve the lives of those who are most disadvantaged, what is the relative benefit of spending on climate compared to other humanitarian endeavors?

Are attempts to artificially raise the price of fossil fuels likely to be successful at lowering temperatures? Will they be sufficiently effective to justify the costs in terms of slowed economic growth and lost increases in the standard of living?

Lomborg seems to believe that the most reasonable approach is a combination of:

>engage in many relatively unobtrusive small scale activities to combat global warming in the short term while contributing more to efforts to promote global health and education

>employ geo-engineering and adaptation in the medium term to minimize the disruption of temperature increases

>make large immediate increases in funding for research and development of renewable energy and more sophisticated nuclear reactors so that in the long term alternative energy will not be more costly than fossil fuels

His arguments about what the rational approach (lacking the unreflective dogmatism of both the deniers and the alarmists) is to finding the best future for the global population certainly merit the time it takes to view this film.


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