In a double book forum, CEI examines the competing narratives of the improving state of the world versus environmental devastation, and their policy implications.

In Open: The Story of Human Progress,Johan Norberg explores the key to humanity’s success. He proffers that cultural cooperation, openness, and a market economy are essential to well-being and progress.

In Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom, author and Greenpeace cofounderDr. Patrick Moore asserts that activists, the media, politicians, and scientists have financial and political stakes in hyperbolizing environmental claims.

Join authors Johan Norberg and Patrick Moore, in conversation with Kent Lassman, as we examine these converging ideas in their newest books.

Johan Norberg, author, Open: The Story of Human Progress

Patrick Moore, author, Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom

Kent Lassman, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Thursday, March 25, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 pm


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Books available for purchase:

Open: The Story of Human Progress

Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom

Johan Norberg is an author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker. Born in Sweden, he is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and at the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. He received his M. A. in the History of Ideas from the University of Stockholm. He has written books on a broad range of topics, including global economics and popular science. His In Defense of Global Capitalism has been published in more than 25 countries. Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future was called “a blast of good sense” by The Economist. Norberg regularly hosts documentaries on development and economics for American public television, including Free or Equal?Economic Freedom in ActionPower to the People and The Real Adam Smith. He is the 2019 recipient of CEI’s Julian L. Simon Memorial Award.

Dr. Patrick Moore is an internationally renowned ecologist and environmentalist. He is a founding member of Greenpeace and served for nine years as president of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns, Dr. Moore was a driving force in shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world’s largest environmental activist organization. He was a member of British Columbia government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990 to 1994. In 1990, Dr. Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change. Dr. Moore served for four years as vice president for environment for Waterfurnace International, the largest manufacturer of geothermal heat pumps for residential heating and cooling with renewable Earth energy. As Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest Alliance of BC, he leads the process of developing the Principles of Sustainable Forestry.

Kent Lassman hosts and moderates the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Online Event series. His day job as CEI president and CEO involves managing the organization’s operations and overseeing strategy for policy, communications, and development. Since CEI’s Online Event series began in early 2020, Lassman has interviewed policy makers and leading thinkers, including Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), then-EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, National Review’s Kevin Williamson, and Harvard’s Cass Sunstein. 

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