Lord Lawson’s ‘misleading’ climate claims challenged by scientific adviser

Tory peer accused of using ‘meaningless’ comparisons to try to make his argument against the need to tackle global warming

Lord Lawson

Lord Lawson has been involved in an extraordinary and at times fractious exchange of letters with Sir John Beddington. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

Lord Lawson, the former chancellor, has been privately accused by the government’s chief scientific adviser of making “incorrect” and “misleading” claims in his book on climate change.

The charge against Lawson, the country’s most prominent global-warming sceptic, was made during an extraordinary and at times fractious exchange of letters between the men following a meeting over coffee at the Lords.

Sir John Beddington wrote to Lawson to tell him that his book, An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming, had made “a number of points related to the underlying science of climate change that are incorrect or presented in a misleading way”. An appendix to his letter accused Lawson of making “meaningless” comparisons to prove his thesis.

Daniel Boffey, TheObserver, guardian.co.uk

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3 Responses to Lord Lawson’s ‘misleading’ climate claims challenged by scientific adviser

  1. David Wilson says:

    he teamed up with Bjørn wazizname in the Munk debates here in Toronto a while ago – the sad part is that between them they undid our Elizabeth May entirely, as I watched her morph into a shrew, barking like a fox terrier, shrill & silly … there is probably a video of it around somewhere – so, there’s an election coming here in k-k-Canada, any guidance will be appreciated

    I always find something useful in your blog, keep it up, be well, David Wilson.

  2. Alan Burke says:

    Yes – I saw that debate and you’re right about Elizabeth May although right now she seems to have recognized that she has been coming on too strong and has proposed more objective non-attack discussion during the election campaign.

    It was Bjørn Lomborg and the Munk page is here.

  3. David Wilson says:

    I saw her do it again – to Gwynne Dyer when they were sharing the stage in Toronto a year or so ago over at Trinity-St. Paul’s, just before Earth Day. Someone asked Dyer a question and she just grabbed the mike out of his hands in mid-phrase; she made a lame apology, ‘I’m-sure-you-will-understand’ sort of thing, but it didn’t wash. So …

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