Climate Change and Economics

Climate Change and Economics EE 16-3-Byatt_p2.qxd 30-6-05 9:47 am Page 593 Ian Byatt THE CONTEXT I am a Senior Associate with Frontier Economics and an Honorary Professor at Birmingham University. I was previously Director General of Water Services (Ofwat) and, before that, Deputy Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury, where I was responsible for leading micro-economic/supply side analysis within the Government Economic Service. I had worked in the Department of the Environment in the early 1970s on the Club of Rome predictions. I welcome the opportunity to briefly to elaborate the views set out in the letter of 22 September published in the Times on 24 September 2004. That letter argues that, in this area, government and opposition are now of one mind. Both hold an alarmist view of the world, and call for a radical – and costly – programme of action. Both seem to believe that prospective climate change, arising from human activity, poses a grave and imminent threat to the world. Such statements go well beyond what can be taken as established facts. My own reading of the evidence is that many of the scientific issues surrounding climate change remains unsettled. More importantly, in my view, there are a number http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Energy & Environment SAGE

Climate Change and Economics

Energy & Environment , Volume 16 (3-4): 5 – Jul 1, 2005

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SAGE
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© 2005 SAGE Publications
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0958-305X
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2048-4070
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10.1260/0958305054672349
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EE 16-3-Byatt_p2.qxd 30-6-05 9:47 am Page 593 Ian Byatt THE CONTEXT I am a Senior Associate with Frontier Economics and an Honorary Professor at Birmingham University. I was previously Director General of Water Services (Ofwat) and, before that, Deputy Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury, where I was responsible for leading micro-economic/supply side analysis within the Government Economic Service. I had worked in the Department of the Environment in the early 1970s on the Club of Rome predictions. I welcome the opportunity to briefly to elaborate the views set out in the letter of 22 September published in the Times on 24 September 2004. That letter argues that, in this area, government and opposition are now of one mind. Both hold an alarmist view of the world, and call for a radical – and costly – programme of action. Both seem to believe that prospective climate change, arising from human activity, poses a grave and imminent threat to the world. Such statements go well beyond what can be taken as established facts. My own reading of the evidence is that many of the scientific issues surrounding climate change remains unsettled. More importantly, in my view, there are a number

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