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An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  16 reviews

"Clear, analytical and compelling." -The Economist

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

Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by Harry N. Abrams (first published April 10th 2008)
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Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had mixed feelings about this book. It is good to get an understanding of the kind of arguments proposed by the more skeptical side of the political establishment and, for that reason alone, it makes an interesting read. Some of the points Lawson makes are good - about adaptation being a better option in some respects than mitigation, or also the political confusion and duplicity in this area - eg, setting carbon reduction limits whilst simultaneously giving subsidies to coal. Or equally, how ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
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I had to stop reading this. It's not Lawson's climate denial that got to me - although that was grating, I appreciate that science shouldn't be a religion and that the whole scientific method is based on testing, retesting, retesting, etc. Some data 10 years ago shows an uncertainty? Great, question it and test again. Some of the predictions Lawson shouts as bogus have actually come true, so I'd love to see his excuses for it now.

No, it wasn't his total disregard for 98% of scientists who think
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Lawson takes an interesting approach to the global warming debate. He begins where most skeptics end, with the science. In addition the the usual assortment of scientific sources generally labels as skeptics, Lawson uses the science at the heart of the global warming camp, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as the basis for his arguments.

It is starting with the second chapter that Lawson takes on his most unique approach. In essence he says at this point, since the global
Jul 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a horrible piece of political propaganda (and against Europe too!!!) This book is based on wrongly interpreted facts, displaced scientific therms, confused arguments. For instance it mentions first that there is no global warming, second that it exists but we are able to adapt and finally that it will be beneficial for Europe (because less people will die of hypothermia!). It also says that a global agreement on CO2 emissions is impossible, so we should just give up on that. It insults scie ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Concise and well-written book investigating the economics behind climate change and the current approaches governments have deemed necessary to mitigate the problem. He concerns himself with the uncertainties of long-term forecasting, and the lack of real cost-effectiveness analysis on recommended policies.

Lawson generally agrees with the warming trend, but goes on to discuss the actual IPCC findings and breaks down common arguments for the future using knowledge, back-of-the-envelope calculatio
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everybody
An excelent book. It peels away the layers of global warming data and provides reasoned and sensible comments on it all. At last there is another side to the alarmist stuff from Mr Gore et al. I would love to hear their reasoned reponse to this book (and hope it doesnt just resort to the heritic attitude to all non climate change stories)
A must read for the world in these times!
Oct 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clear, concise, calm and realistic. Shows that enviromentalism is the new religion.
I should perhaps confess that I didn’t approach this book with complete disinterest; my mind is not a tabula rasa with regard to the issue of global warming. I was inclined to view favourably a book that questioned the prevailing opinion on climate change. The idea that we can predict the climate 100 years hence with any degree of certainty has always seemed to me somewhat absurd, particularly when we struggle to forecast accurately the weather 2 days ahead. As well as reaffirming my own sceptic ...more
Angus Mcfarlane
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another book casting doubt on the validity of anthropogenic climate change...surely a retired politician could find something better to do with his spare time! In fact, while looking at the science component of the issues, most of the book treats the consensus position seriously and critically analyses the proposed responses to it.

The environmental response to a warming planet is looked at first, and each of the five areas of concern by the ipcc are argued to be relatively small iin scope when
Pete daPixie
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Nigel Lawson's cool look at Global Warming. Nige was Chancellor in Thatchers government when Black Wednesday arrived, the treasury lost a cool three and a half billion and the Chancellor resigned.
Here Mr Lawson argues that climate science is flawed, along with the reports from the IPCC, and that the green evangelism is the new loony left.
He selectively quotes Prof.James Lovelock. (Who gave a lecture to the Royal Society in Oct 2008, avail.on Yahoo.) Even the Royal Society has a pro agenda. So CO
Michael Fortner
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like another reviewer, I heard about this book on RedEye. back when Gutfeld was host it was funny as well learning something...that was then.
This is a pretty well thought out book and is balanced. I enjoyed it a lot and did learn more about the religion of global warming
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
It was an informative book on his opinion on why global warming isn't happening. It had a lot facts and inferences. I didn't really like it because it had a lot of big words that didn't really make sense. ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A bit dry and repetitive, but worth the time. I haven't done much climate change research but this one makes you stop and think. ...more
Jason Clay
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I didn't really learn anything concrete as I am a bit of a science geek at the moment. I did get a fresh look at the subject though and it was interesting to see it differently. ...more
Grim-Anal King
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Concentrates on the economic impact of global warming which is where the government's arguments definitely don't stack up (as opposed to the science upon which I'm not really qualified to comment). ...more
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