Happy Earth Day! I think this is an appropriate thing to celebrate on a blog about Michael Crichton. (And I did so in 2010 and 2009.)
Crichton made it clear in his speeches, interviews, and the “Author’s Message” of State of Fear that he cared very much about the environment.
From Michael Crichton’s testimony in the Senate hearing on September 28, 2005:
“In closing, I want to state emphatically that nothing in my remarks should be taken to imply that we can ignore our environment, or that we should not take climate change seriously. On the contrary, we must dramatically improve our record on environmental management. That's why a focused effort on climate science, aimed at securing sound, independently verified answers to policy questions, is so important now.”
In November 2005 I was fortunate enough to participate in a Barnes & Noble online discussion with Michael Crichton on his novel State of Fear.
Crichton was asked: If you had a book club, what would it be reading -- and why?
"Bjorn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist. It's one of the most important books of the last decade because it carefully details a new environmental agenda, which I think is vitally important."
In September 2007 Lomborg published Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. Crichton reviewed the book for Amazon, saying:
"Bjørn Lomborg is the best-informed and most humane advocate for environmental change in the world today. In contrast to other figures that promote a single issue while ignoring others, Lomborg views the globe as a whole, studies all the problems we face, ranks them, and determines how best, and in what order, we should address them."
In 2010, a documentary Cool It, based on Lomborg’s book was released. The film is now available on DVD,