The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


Lawson, Nigel






(1932) He is a British Conservative politician and ex-journalist who served as Margaret Thatcher's Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1983 to 1989.

In addition, he's is one of the key public faces of AGW skepticism in Britain. In 2009 he announced that he was forming a skeptic think tank (a skeptank?) called the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

A friendly Fraser Institute interview

Here he is in a friendly interview with the Neo-Conservative Fraser Institute. In this video the interviewer's role seems to be to tee up the golf balls ("… does the environmental movement have some other motives?") so that Lawson can whack them.



Notes:
1. In 2008 he published An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming, in which he argues that though he agrees that global warming is occurring, it's not quite clear how much of it is due to humans.

He also argues that the impact of the warming will probably be fairly moderate, whereas the policies being suggested to conteract it will lead to the unecessary persistence of poverty in the developping world — in this way, his arguments are very similar to Bjorn Lomborgian.

2. Click here to read John Houghton's review of Lawson's book.

3. James Lovelock on Lawson:

"I've got quite a few friends among the sceptics, as well as among the "angels" of climate science. I've got more angels as friends than sceptics, I have to say, but there are some sceptics that I fully respect. Nigel Lawson is one. He writes sensibly and well. He raises questions. I find him an interesting sceptic. What I like about sceptics is that in good science you need critics that make you think: "Crumbs, have I made a mistake here?" If you don't have that continuously, you really are up the creek. The good sceptics have done a good service, but some of the mad ones I think have not done anyone any favours."

4. He participated in the IEA Climate Change Debate in 2009. Click here to see how he did.


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