The Cooler Heads Coalition
invites you to
A Congressional Staff and Media Briefing
(a widely-attended event)
The Age of Global Warming: Pseudo-Science Leads to Disastrous Policies
The Age of Global Warming: A History
Wednesday, March 13
2218, Rayburn House Office Building
Attendees will receive copies of The Age of Global Warming
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, call (202) 331-2256
Rupert Darwall’s The Age of Global Warming: A History was published by Quartet Books in the United Kingdom on March 6th and will be published in the United States on April 22nd. Darwall places the rise of the global warming movement in the context of the history of ideas.
The book begins by discussing why 19th century predictions of eco-doom turned out to be wrong, but are still believed; and how the first environmental wave in the 1960s and early 1970s came crashing down during the economic crisis of the 1970s. This set the stage for the second environmental wave, when global warming burst onto the world stage in the late 1980s and with an unlikely champion in the UK—Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Darwall then shows in detail how science became the spear carrier of the global warming movement and how politics settled the scientific debate in 1992 when governments of the world agreed to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at the Rio Earth Summit. His book concludes by examining how the developing world’s opposition to energy-rationing policies resulted in an unprecedented humiliation for the West at the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.
From the book:
“Global warming involved a second experiment—not a geophysical one, but a political experiment of a scale and ambition surpassing anything before it. Because fossil fuels are the principal source of energy of industrial civilisation, attempts to decarbonise society affect virtually every facet of government policy….
“No one questioned the role scientists had acquired. Based on their collective record, natural scientists would be among the very last people to involve in government policy. During the First Environmental Wave of the late 1960s and early 1970s, they had predicted the imminent collapse of civilisation and called for the abandonment of economic policies designed to satisfy humanity’s material needs and generate rising prosperity. Their dire predictions turned out to be completely wrong and their recommendations disastrous….
“And so it proved in the era of global warming. Across every dimension, global warming policy has been a costly fiasco. Unsustainable commitments to solar and wind energy in Germany and Spain; the morally abhorrent diversion by rich countries of resources from growing food into making biofuels; the collapse of the EU’s carbon market; the transformation of the UK’s liberalised energy market producing some of the cheapest electricity in Europe to become Europe’s most expensive electricity producer; the scandals associated with the Clean Development Mechanism; the destruction of tropical rainforests to make way for palm oil plantations—all provide material for students of policy folly.”
Rupert Darwall studied economics and history at Cambridge University, after which he worked at the Conservative Research Department, then in the City of London as an investment analyst and in corporate finance and as a special adviser at the Treasury. He has written for leading publications in Britain and the United States and for London-based think tanks.