An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming Hardcover – 10 Apr 2008
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'Only one senior political figure in Britain has dared stand apart from [the] stifling orthodoxy: Nigel Lawson' --The Telegraph
'On many points the sceptics happen to be correct. Nigel Lawson's short splendid book ... can leave no fair-minded reader in doubt on that score ... Elegantly written, thorough, entertaining and, above all, convincing' --The Financial Times
'Tightly argued ... Bombarded with the zealous certainties of those deaf to reasoned argument on the most important of issues, it is intensely refreshing to find in Nigel Lawson someome who, without claiming to have all the answers, is at least brave enough to ask eminently sensible questions' --The Spectator
About the Author
Nigel Lawson, Lord Lawson of Blaby, after a number of years in journalism, including as Editor of "The Spectator" from 1966 to 1970, became a Conservative MP in 1974. He served in the Thatcher administration between 1979 and 1989 as Financial Secreatry to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Energy, and, from 1983, Chancellor of the Exchequer. He entered the House of Lords in 1992, and is a member of the Lords' Select Committee on Economic Affairs, which is 2005 produced a substantial report on 'The Economics of Climate Chante'. He is past President of the British Institute of Energy Economics. He lives in London and France.
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Lawson opens the book arguing that although he agrees that there is a real warming trend, he is skeptical of the validity of predictions made with global climate simulation models, and more importantly, he questions if indeed the sole cause of this warming is man-made greenhouses and how big the contribution of CO2 is. Lawson also raises several issues regarding the IPCC process, its findings and policy recommendations, and throughout the book he strongly criticizes the The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review, which he considers "at the extreme end of the alarmist camp".
He might not be right in all the issues, but certainly he will at least let you wonder about some of them.Read more ›
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'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A decidedly cool look at the global warming scam. All true so far as it goes, but I prefer the demolition by Vaclav Klaus.Published 8 months ago by Dr. S. I. Gabb
A volume of sanity amid a quagmire of dangerous and expensive nonsense propagated by the UN and BBC among others.Published 10 months ago by Puerto Chap
A very interesting view. It's a bit one sided, but it's very well written.Published 13 months ago by Hannah
One of the few people who calmly explains one of the biggest and most expensive mistakes in human history.Published 14 months ago by Strobes
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... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bill Naylor
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