- New Thinking in Political Economy series
Chapter 3: Climate alarmists, climate skeptics and the politics and economics of global warming
In December 2009 I participated in a conference on energy and the environment organized in Berlin. One session was devoted to presentations of a few scholars from various disciplines, skeptical about the anthropogenic (human-made) global warming (AGW) resulting from the increase in ‘greenhouse gases’ (primarily CO2). They offered their perspectives on the scientific validity of the AGW phenomenon, its probability of occurrence and expected consequences. Other sessions, dominated by technologists, economists and political scientists, considered the need to make the horribly costly adjustments in energy generation and usage suggested by climate alarmists and – unfortunately – accepted by a majority of West European elites. Approaching the conference hotel for the first time, I found large groups of people with banners saying in various ways the same thing: ‘No need to discuss! Action is required!’ It turned out that they were groups of eco-warriors from various ‘green’ organizations.
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