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Appeal to Reason

An Appeal to Reason

Nigel Lawson

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-084-1
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Cloth
Overlook
5/1/2008

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In this well-informed and hard-hitting response to the scaremongering of the climate alarmists, Nigel Lawson, former Secretary of State for Energy under Margaret Thatcher, argues that it is time for us to take a cool look at global warming. Lawson carefully and succinctly examines all aspects of the global warming issue: the science, the economics, the politics, and the ethics. He concludes that the conventional wisdom on the subject is suspect on a number of grounds, that global warming is not the devastating threat to the planet it is widely alleged to be, and that the remedy that is currently being proposed, which is in any event politically unattainable, would be worse that the threat it is supposed to avert. Argued with logic, common sense, and even wit, and thoroughly sourced and referenced, Lawson has written a long overdue corrective to the barrage of spin and hype to which the politicians and media have been subjecting the public on this important issue.

Praise for An Appeal to Reason
"A very informative book for those not yet convinced that Armageddon is our future, absent massive worldwide government action. . . essential." —Forbes

"Splendid. . . Elegantly written, thorough, entertaining and, above all, convincing." —The Financial Times

"Lawson's insights are keen and refreshingly iconoclastic. The author s contrarian synthesis of political thinking and economic analysis is notably well argued and well written-and sure to raise the hackles of those on the other side of the issue." —Publishers Weekly

"This is a fascinating tome, the best exposition of the skeptical view on global warming that I have yet come across. It is comprehensive, packed with useful and clearly referenced facts and refreshingly free of the fanatical tone that plagues so many works on the subject." —Allister Heath, Literary Review

About the author
Nigel Lawson, Lord Lawson of Blaby, after a number of years in journalism, including editorship of The Spectator from 1966 to 1970, became a Conservative MP in 1974. He served in the Thatcher government from 1979 to 1989 as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Energy, and 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, in 2005, produced a substantial report on the economics of climate change. He lives in London and France.

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