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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and challenging take on Climate Change Policies, 19 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Let Them Eat Carbon: The Price of Failing Climate Change Policies, and How Governments and Big Business Profit From Them (Paperback)
A very interesting book. This is not yet another book that argues incessantly about the Science of Artificial Global Warming and it is not the tub thumping Littlejohn style book the title may suggest
. Rather it's a very thoughtful and interesting take on the policy issues one that mostly assumes of a several degree rise in world temperature , exactly that which the British Government and the UN agree on the (IPPC predictions). It argues very compelling that even taking into account the policies designed to prevent this most of all but not exclusively in the UK and EU just do not make sense. His points include
-the supposed costs don't take enough account of time and mitigation even given the IPPC predictions
- That when balanced with the enormous economic cost of more expensive energy the costs of Climate Change look a lot less daunting.
-How terribly expensive the ways we're trying to reduce Carbon consumption are- the Uk goverment seems to give higher subsidies the more expensive the low carbon energy is!
- I thought particularly compelling that given how outside the EU , and to a large degree the UK there is so little attempts e , unilateralism is pointless 'high carbon' industry will just move to China or wherever
He also tackles a series of arguments in favour of the making carbon based energy expensive- his particularly convincing on how green jobs are a myth- any jobs created by more expensive 'green' energy will be outweighed by job losses.

At the same time he does so by and large in a fair mannered way sadly lacking on both sides of this very important area.
I would not suggest this book is perfect-for example I found Mr Sinclair's idea of sponsoring research 'alternatives' a lot less convincing than his powerful arguments against the policy status quo for example. Nonetheless this is an excellent book which i recommend to anyone interested in this issue whatever their stance from 'it's a hoax' to 'end the industrial revolution'.
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