on 12 August 2015
Well written and researched. He does not say global warming isn't happening but he does challenge the voracity of the science. Most of all he questions the quasi-religous ferver that is associated with the subject and how debate is being stifled by denying any platform to those who challenge the 'perceived wisdom'! Furthermore he questions the 'science' as to what might be achieved in stopping or slowing down global warming, the vast amounts of money being spent and the questionable methods being used, and finally the potential futility of what it is hoped to achieve. Certainly makes one think seriously that this has become more political than science and ultimately who or what is driving the agenda and why.
on 16 February 2015
Nigel Lawson clarifies from the outset he is not challenging the fact that there is climate change, (the phrase substituted for ‘global warming,’ due to our earthy globe hardly warming.) As he states, there has always been climate change. It’s a meaningless phrase to apply to any change in environmental conditions no matter how extreme.
For nearly a hundred years, “Ice Fairs” were held on the Thames when it froze in winter. During the same period the coastal waters surrounding Britain froze for two mile to the shore.
When the Romans occupied Britain. Temperatures in Europe were 20 C to 6 C warmer than today. Citrus trees and grapes were grown as far north as Hadrian’s Wall.
The author skilfully and decisively debunks the arguments for global warming. How many times have we heard myths such as polar bears are dying out because the arctic ice is melting? Neither is true. Yet such scare stories are still repeated?
The book is a well-written, exhaustingly researched document of inconvenient truths. To borrow the title of Al Gore’s discredited film. (A film so inaccurate it was banned from being screened in schools.) No doubt, global warming zealots will view Nigel Lawson’s “An Appeal to Reason” as evil heresy, and want to burn it.
on 16 September 2008
This is a wonderful book. As the title suggests, it is cool, reasonable, and patient, looking carefully at all the evidence and coming to conclusions which it is hard to disagree with.
Like other reviewers, I find it hard to take excerpts from the book because I would have to quote the whole thing! However, perhaps I may try to help anyone who is wondering whether to read it. One way to look at the global warming/climate change debate is to ask oneself three questions.
First, is the world getting warmer?
Second, is human activity, and specifically CO2, a major cause?
And third, does it matter? Will there be harmful consequences? And if so, what should we do about them?
Much of the angry debate between believers and sceptics rages round the first two points. Lawson surveys the evidence on both, and comes to a conclusion. But what makes this book so powerful is its focus on the third question: whether a warmer world is one that will harm people, animals, plants, and our descendants. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) argues that it will. Lawson disagrees. He takes us through the IPCC scenarios, and their range of predictions relating to five potential impacts of a warmer world: on water, ecosystems, food, coasts, and health. In each case he demonstrates, with evidence, that a warmer world will either be neutral or even beneficial. What makes this evidence particularly persuasive is that much of it is drawn from the IPCC's own 4th report (2007)!.
It would be wrong to think of this book as complacent, a kind of 'I'm all right, Jack, pull up the ladder'. As Lawson points out, the single major cause of ill-health and death in the world is poverty, and if we take the standpoint of human welfare, the surest way to benefit humans is to lift them out of poverty. Lawson sees many serious problems facing the world, and many things that urgently need putting right. The view of this compelling and convincing book is that global warming isn't one of them.
on 21 June 2013
Lawson, one of Thatcher's right hand men when she brought McGregor from the U.S. at a cost of one million pounds plus in order to 'smash the miners'... Could I really see myself picking up a book by Nigel, let alone reading it ? Well, I did, and I'm glad I did. He provides an amazing insight into the debate, with indisputable facts and figures. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would accept the perfect reasoning of a 'thatcherite'. He deserves praise whilst you deserve to read his 'truths'.