Mr. Lomborg and associates,
We don't need endless R & D. More research is fine but we need urgent deployment of the tools we have now to begin now.
We don't need character assassination of scientists and their allies. We need career paths and resources that attract the best and the brightest to earth sciences, because the huge problems that now seem imminent will need tremendous skills and diligence to overcome.
We don't need attention-craving old crackpots muttering half-truths. We need enhanced public understanding of the nature of the risks we face and the multifaceted role of energy within the bottleneck centuries.
I hope you will reconsider the damage you are planning to do with your elegantly filmed and edited production. There is much in the proposals you offer that is constructive, and your presentation style is compelling. But there is much that is substantively wrong and worse, much that is ethically wrong. I doubt that my plea for you to reconsider will carry much weight if it comes to your attention, yet I hope you will reconsider. You are in a position to do some good with a few modest changes for which there remains time.
I see no reason for your intent, instead, to do such grave harm.
(Readers with strong stomachs can watch the scary trailer here.)
h/t Peter Sinclair
The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.
- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)