Cool It?

Cool It?

Jonathan B.
Jan 24, 2008

Would you read a book that the Wall Street Journal describes as "a calm analysis of what today's best science tells us about global warming and its risks"?

We're wondering if the book, by author Bjørn Lomborg, is really a calm analysis, or if it's more of an apologia that justifies the status quo. A big part of his criticism seems to be that our reaction to global warming is based on emotional reactions, rather than reason. That got us thinking about our own focus on the home and why we feel it's so important.

We're fully aware that certain choices we make, such as owning a car and flying, for example, outweigh all of the adjustments we've made at home, from changing light bulbs to CFLs, to getting rid of carpet. But there's something reassuring about waking up every day in an environment that reflects who you are and how you choose to see the future.

Is rational analysis needed? Absolutely. But framing emotional reactions to global warming as frivolous doesn't strike us as entirely rational, either.

The full title of Lomborg's book is Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. Judging from the Amazon reviews, people seem to like it. If you pick up a copy or have read it already, let us know what you think.

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