Monday, January 05, 2009

An Appeal to Reason - A Cool Look At Global Warming

In this book Nigel Lawson, the former British Chancellor, systematically demolishes the bunk that passes for the "science" of global warming. He rightly points out that the emissions cuts in the UK are an expensive folly, a cost today with no benefit for succeeding generations. All done because of Blairite views on morality and ethics, the same ones that brought us the dodgy dossier and the Iraq war.
Lawson has done us all a great favour in exposing the sham for what it is. As he points out no British publisher would touch his book which he says he was able to write only as his public career is over and he no longer seeks employment. Many thanks to The Overlook Press of Woodstock, New York for righting the wrong. The greatest danger he points to is that scientists who are sceptical about the United Nations and its fell works are denied access to funding. This is science as religion which plans to snuff out academic freedom. After all the argument is "settled." Not while Lawson is around it isn't - as he says "that is no excuse for abandoning reason."
Lawson pokes fun at Al Gore, the man who invented the internet, as he invented most of the scenes in the film An Inconvenient Truth. Actually the truth is inconvenient as it does not support the doomsday cultists who say the end of the world is nigh. Here in cold Canada we would be glad of a bit of global warming! Bring on the northwest passage.
Any contrarian should read this book. It is a tonic for those spoonfed the pap from politicians and gullible journalists. Only 106 pages long and heavily footnoted, Lawson nails the flabby thinking, particularly the reliance on computer modelling, and the liberal guilt of the west.
Lawson opens with a quote: "There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is generally adopted." (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten.) I have a shorter saying: "There is nothing so stupid that it won't happen."

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