One of my intellectual heroes, Bjorn Lomborg, the skeptical environmentalist, has just published a new book on climate change: Cool It. I haven’t read it yet, but my favorite blogger, Sophistpundit, has a review. Here’s a sample:
Cool It is not the tome of knowledge that the Skeptical Environmentalist was. Whereas the latter is a rigorous analysis of all the data that a statistician could get his paws on, Cool It is much more focused on bringing sanity to a debate that has grown greatly unhinged.[. . .]
The book is not ultimately about the data, however, so much as it is on calling for an evaluation of our priorities. It might be more accurate to say that it challenges us to establish priorities in the first place. Lomborg argues that it’s all well and good to assert that we don’t like Global Warming, hunger, poverty, or disease — but that we can’t do everything at once and we must decide what will get top priority and be addressed first.
Go read it. Now.