Due to a difference of politics I am someone who tends only to think positively about Nigel Lawson when preparing one of his daughter’s recipes. Due to an enthusiastic and kindly meant loan from a parishioner I am reading his brief cannonade against what he disparagingly terms ‘ conventional climate change wisdom’ and am not finding that it is changing my attitude!
Of course he makes many fair points about the hysterical and manipulative aspects of some elements within the environmental lobby and warns against simplistic solutions , but the heart-beat of the text seems to contradict the title, An Appeal to Reason. It does not feel like the cool look he claims it is but a polemical outburst driven by a clutch of dogmatisms. Chief amongst these being that de-regulated free market enterprise is the root of most good. There is indeed an echo of the least self-knowing of the new atheists in his endeavour, in that he criticises his opponents for possessing a religious frame of mind- by which he means readily embracing comfortable myths in defiance of reality- just as he worships at the shrine of Adam Smith!
But you never know further reading might make me change my mind!