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An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming Paperback – 26 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (26 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715638416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715638415
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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.


In the 1960s we were warned that the population explosion would lead to mass global starvation. In the 1970s we were warned that the planet was running out of natural resources and that world economic growth would grind to a halt within our lifetimes. When the planet's temperature, which had been gently rising for some 400 years, appeared to be falling again, scientists warned us that we were facing the disaster of a new ice age. In the past year, sensational warnings about climate change have dominated the headlines as we are told that global warming will have disastrous consequences in the very near future unless we take drastic measures now.In this cautious and reasoned treatise on an issue that affects each and every one of us, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson, argues that it is time to take a cooler look at global warming. Lord Lawson looks at the facts behind the headlines and explains that science is only part of the story.

For governments to make informed decisions about the path ahead they must listen to economists as well as scientists, utilising economic forecasting to assess the likely evolution of the world economy, and even more urgently, economic analysis: what is the most cost-effective way of tackling this issue? We also need an understanding of exactly what measures are politically realistic on a global scale. At a time when politicians and the media are stirring up public and political hysteria on the subject of climate change, Lord Lawson has written a timely disquisition urging us to take into account all the facts in order to deal with the threat of global warming.

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