The Copenhagen Summit: Do Science and Economics Support Government Action on Climate Change?


  • 23/11/2009

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The IEA and the IOD invite you to a public debate:

The Copenhagen Summit: Do Science and Economics Support Government Action on Climate Change?


Samuel Fankhauser

UK Climate Change Committee and

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, London School of Economics

Mike Hulme

Professor of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia,

author of ‘Why We Disagree About Climate Change’

Nigel Lawson

Author of ‘An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming’

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer

Fred Singer

Founder and President of the Science and Environmental Policy Project Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia

Monday 23rd November 2009


The Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1

Policies to reduce carbon emissions are transforming the role of governments in regulating economic activity. Sectors such as energy, transport and manufacturing are increasingly having to operate within the environmental constraints set by policy-makers. And consumers face higher bills as businesses pass on the additional costs.

Those in favour of such activist policies argue that there is a strong scientific and economic case for action. Others argue that the economic impact of man-made global warming may turn out to be substantial, but that the cost of government action will be greater – or that we should adapt to climate change as and when it happens. ‘Science sceptics’ argue that the warming predictions of the IPCC and others are not accurate and should not form therefore the basis of wider economic policies.

The Institute of Economic Affairs has invited four of the world’s leading authorities on the economics and science of global warming and climate change to address these fundamental questions in a public debate.

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