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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About 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.
Table of Contents
Foreword & Acknowledgements ix
The Science - and the History 5
The Next Hundred Years: How Warm? How Bad? 23
The Importance of Adaptation 39
Apocalypse and Armageddon 47
A Global Agreement? 54
The Cost of Mitigation 65
Discounting the Future: Ethics, Risk and Uncertainty 82
Summary and Conclusion: A Convenient Religion 91