Below is a press release that I received from the Global Warming Policy Foundation yesterday. If anyone decides to go along, could they please contact me with a view to a report on the proceedings here. This sounds as though it could be a very interesting evening, especially for those of us who are still racking their brains to work out what implications the election has for climate policy. Smart address too!
INVITATION TO A GWPF DEBATE
New Government – Old Climate Policy?
Debating the future of British climate policy
* Lord Lawson, Chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation
* Professor Lord Giddens, London School of Economics
* Moderator: Dr Terence Kealey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010, 16:00 – 17:45
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB
Members of the press are invited to attend the debate. To register, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 207 9306856
The Global Warming Policy Foundation is hosting a public debate between Nigel Lawson (GWPF) and Professor Anthony Giddens (LSE) on the future of British climate policy after the recent general election. The debate will be moderated by Dr Terence Kealey (University of Buckingham).
The key question for everybody interested in climate change and related energy issues is if and how the new government intends to change Labour’s policies in these fields and what it ought to do.
The new government has pledged to continue and accelerate Labour’s low-carbon economy agenda. A low carbon economy requires growing subsidies from taxpayers and sharply increased energy bills for business, industry, and households in order to force renewable alternatives to become competitive. This approach, however, conflicts with the government’s foremost priority to reduce the alarming and unsustainable budget deficit, and to do so while restoring the wider economy to health.
High energy prices and rising fuel poverty are likely to put the new government’s low carbon commitment under severe pressure. How will the coalition government respond to these challenges – and will the Labour opposition provide cover for the government’s green agenda?
About the Speakers
Nigel Lawson was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford where he gained a first class honours degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He was Secretary of State for Energy from 1981 to 1983 and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1983 to 1989. He was created a life peer in 1992. He is the author of An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming, which was published in 2008.
Professor Lord Anthony Giddens
Anthony Giddens served as Director of the London School of Economics from 1997 to 2003. He was previously Professor of Sociology at King’s College, Cambridge. Lord Giddens is the author of 34 books, among them The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy and The Politics of Climate Change. He was adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Blair and was given a life
peerage in 2004.
Dr Terence Kealey
Terence Kealey has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham since April 2001. He trained in medicine and lectured at Cambridge University for 13 years. Dr Kealey has authored 80 peer reviewed research papers and two books. He is a founding member of the GWPF’s Academic Advisory Council.