AN Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming [NOOK Book]

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"Clear, analytical and compelling." -The Economist

In this well-informed and hard-hitting response to the scaremongering of the climate alarmists, Nigel Lawson, former Secretary of State for Energy under Margaret Thatcher, argues that it is time for us to take a cool look at global warming. Lawson carefully and succinctly examines all aspects of the global warming issue: the science, the economics, the politics, and the ethics. He concludes ...
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Overview

"Clear, analytical and compelling." -The Economist

In this well-informed and hard-hitting response to the scaremongering of the climate alarmists, Nigel Lawson, former Secretary of State for Energy under Margaret Thatcher, argues that it is time for us to take a cool look at global warming. Lawson carefully and succinctly examines all aspects of the global warming issue: the science, the economics, the politics, and the ethics. He concludes that the conventional wisdom on the subject is suspect on a number of grounds, that global warming is not the devastating threat to the planet it is widely alleged to be, and that the remedy that is currently being proposed, which is in any event politically unattainable, would be worse that the threat it is supposed to avert. Argued with logic, common sense, and even wit, and thoroughly sourced and referenced, Lawson has written a long overdue corrective to the barrage of spin and hype to which the politicians and media have been subjecting the public on this important issue.



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Publishers Weekly

Former British energy secretary and chancellor of the exchequer Lawson succinctly lambastes global warming "hysteria" in this slim book. To Lawson, "save the planet" is "the most ludicrous slogan ever coined"; Al Gore's "tendentious" documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, is a fanciful "cherry-picking of phenomena illustrating a predetermined alarmist narrative;" and the "new religion" of environmentalism "contains a grain of truth-and a mountain of nonsense." Lawson's tone is occasionally shrill, but his insights are keen and refreshingly iconoclastic. He argues that "green protectionism," the movement to restrict importing produce because of the incurred "food miles," damages the global economy more than global warming ever could, and "the would-be saviours of the planet are, in practice, the enemies of poverty reduction in the developing world." Lawson reserves his deepest contempt for the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-winner with Gore of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, which he dubs an unethical, politically correct pressure group whose most recent report misrepresents the reality of man-made greenhouse gas emissions and fails to embrace the potential of humans to adapt to climate change. The conservative (and Conservative) author's contrarian synthesis of political thinking and economic analysis is notably well argued and well written-and sure to raise the hackles of those on the other side of the issue. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590205266
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,060,351
  • File size: 221 KB

Meet the Author

Nigel Lawson, Lord Lawson of Blaby, after a number of years in journalism, became a Conservative MP in 1974. He served in the Thatcher administration between 1979 and 1989. He is a member of the Lords' Select Committee on Economic Affairs, which in 2005 produced a substantial report on the economics of climate change. He is past President of the British Institute of Energy Economics. He lives in London and France.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Science - and the History 5

Ch. 2 The Next Hundred Years: How Warm? How Bad? 23

Ch. 3 The Importance of Adaptation 39

Ch. 4 Apocalypse and Armageddon 47

Ch. 5 A Global Agreement? 54

Ch. 6 The Cost of Mitigation 65

Ch. 7 Discounting the Future: Ethics, Risk and Uncertainty 82

Ch. 8 Summary and Conclusion: A Convenient Religion 91

Notes 107

Bibliography 129

Index 141

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