'Splendid ... elegantly written, thorough, entertaining and, above all, convincing' -- Financial Times. 'Clear, analytical and compelling' -- Economist. 'This is a fascinating tome, the best exposition of the sceptical view on global warming that I have yet come across. It is comprehesive, packed with useful and clearly referenced facts and refreshingly free of the fanatical tone that plagues so many works on the subject' -- Literary Review. 'It is intensely refreshing to find in Nigel Lawson someone who, without claiming to have all the answers, is at least brave enough to ask emininently sensible questions' --Spectator.
'Only one senior political figure in Britain has dared stand apart from [the] stifling orthodoxy: Nigel Lawson' -- Telegraph. 'A valuable antidote to the sloppiness surrounding climate change. This short book forces a rethink not only of some of the more alarmist predictions of global warming theory, but also of the fundamental underpinnings of the theory itself' -- Mail on Sunday. 'I'm dismayed to discover that I agree with considerable amounts of what Lawson is saying' --Sunday Times.
'This cogently-argued book has provoked the usual quasi-religious bile reserved for those who dare question the conventional wisdom on climate change' -- Evening Standard. 'Almost 20 years after Margaret Thatcher's chancellor walked out of government, Lawson is back, defying scientists and politicians in a punchy book ... Some of the attacks on Lawson are unfair. He has every right to assert his opinions. He is right that scientific predictions of future climate change from computer models are inherently unreliable and right to warn that Stern's market-led solution to climate change may not work' -- Julian Glover, Chief Correspondent, Guardian. 'I'm with Lawson in not wanting to succumb to the doomsday scenario and he is right in thinking a carbon tax is a more reliable policy measure in the short run than hoping for international agreements to cut emissions' -- Scotsman. 'A good book on global warming ... He's right, we should never allow it to be considered a crime to ask questions about this complex subject. Some of today's assumptions are bound to be exposed as absurd ... His intellectual Punch and Judy show will appeal to anybody who secretly wants to see the unreadable eco-texts of the IPCC filleted, challenged and cut down to size by an educated man' -- Earth Logo. 'Nigel Lawson makes an entirely reasonable and thought-through plea here to temper our emotional desire to save the planet with sound economic and political sense ... It is a brave man who goes against the flow of current opinion' --Resident. 'At last a well argued rebuttal has been published countering the flawed and excessive claims trumpeted by green climatologists and their computer models, along with the masses who have been converted to the faith through the actions of lobbyists and all too gullible politicians, who think they are on to a vote winner ... Succinct ... well researched ... Let us hope that this excellent little book does find a wide market, because that is what it certainly deserves' --www.land-care.org.uk.
About the Author
Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby, served in the Thatcher administration between 1979 and 1990 in the constituency of Blaby, Leicestershire. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer between June 1983 and October 1989. He has written about global warming in 'The Times' and 'Prospect', and presented a lecture on the subject to the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank in 2006. He lives in France.