The first decade of the new century has heralded a shift in the focus of the global warming debate. The fundamental question is no longer ‘Is there global warming?’ but rather, ‘What can we do about it?’. In recent years Nigel Lawson has written extensively on climate change and has argued that policies enhancing the global community’s ability to adopt, rather than just those seeking to limit greenhouse gas emissions, are the most affordable and effective response. In his address Lord Lawson will canvass the problem inherent in the Kyoto Protocol and similar initiatives focused narrowly on the reduction of fossil fuel by-products and make suggestions for a more sustainable and lower-cost approach to the global warming challenge.
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Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby, was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1983 to 1989. Earlier he was Financial Secretary to the Treasury and then Secretary of State for Energy in Prime Minister Thatcher’s first government. He was a key proponent of the Thatcher government’s privatisation policy, and his years as Chancellor were associated with tax reform, financial deregulation and his opposition to the poll tax.'