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Lomborg Cools It In London

Live microblogging of the screening+Q&A of Bjorn Lomborg‘s “Cool It“, organised by Legatum at London’s Soho Hotel on May 5:

  1. Almost ready to go for #Lomborg and #cool_it – Lord Monckton just sat next to me
  2. Legatum explain their interest as climate change “unfortunately” an ideological debate
  3. Climate change alarmism “one of the biggest threat” to a free society –
  4. The Man starts as usual with a T-shirt – flew out of Los Angeles yesterday – 86 minutes
  5. What if fear IS the point?
  6. Wave power in Scotland … 35 years ago, same as the Climategate inquiries
  7. Stephen Schneider comes out of this movie really badly – mostly because of himself
  8. So I agree with Gore – geoengineering is nuts
  9. Movie ends – around 100 attendees – refreshments now
  10. I suggested to reframe the solution in terms of a worry otherwise none will listen –
  11. Does he trust the science? Mentions Pielke Sr – says IPCC is broadly trusted
  12. Times journo asks why no mention of targets – L says q is ill posed as cuts depend on costs
  13. L says prob is Kyoto solutions cost more than future climate – current policies are “incredibly poor investment”
  14. Green taxes a bad idea. R&D a waste most of the time? Allocation a prob for Copenhagen Consensus 2012
  15. Governments pick “right” solutions instead of allowing researchers to work in different directions
  16. We should address specific ideas – example is X Prize. solution in numbers
  17. Economist from DECC – economies of scale? Cost of.behavioral changes? Talks of computers with vacuum tubes
  18. We should go for scale when technology is ready not too early
  19. Shame people for doing what they do or use prices? Opts for prices. Dramatic choices not using propaganda
  20. What is the proof of AGW for L? Apart from computer models? Refuses to answer directly
  21. Poor Bioengineering is getting cornered. Benny Peiser buys him some time
  22. Poor Bjorn not Bioengineering thank you Android
  23. Strongest argument finally: warming is coming but doesn’t know what feedbacks there will be
  24. Makes argument by authority and separation of careers! Yikes!
  25. Voice falters – should stick away from climate science in these occasions
  26. Monckton says mitigation cost effectiveness is an almost unknown topic. Done any calculations?
  27. Sends effusiveness towards the Lord. Debate starts on metrics
  28. “If it made money somebody would have done it”
  29. Chemtrailer spoils the night. L doesn’t believe in conspiracy but in people trying to make things more dramatic
  30. “You cannot scare people for 100 years”.
  31. Peiser ends thanking Lomborg for contributing to a calmer debate
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  1. 2011/06/14 at 15:09

    Lomborg is mostly a vigorous fountain of balanced reasoning. Where he runs out is when he comes smack dab into the science.

    He is also quite courageous. However, I wonder if the “science fraud” charges over “The Skeptical Environmentalist” made in his home of Denmark still haunt him when it comes to mucking away at AGW science. (And it is muck) Once bitten, twice shy?

    By contrast, Lord Monckton is irrepressible. I also have enjoyed sitting next to him; did you? (We both sat on the floor, making room for one another, at the Heartland sponsored skeptics conference a year ago, last May, when Delingpole gave his rousing take on fallout from Climategate. The room was overfilled, and we found room in front of the speaker’s dais.)

  2. klem
    2011/05/06 at 15:03

    Oh man I wish I had been there.

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