CHAP­TER & VERSE

HOT AIR­ING

The Jewish Chronicle - - ARTS&BOOKS -

JEWS LOVE to ar­gue (hands up those who said “No they don’t”), and the ar­gu­ment is of­ten en­ter­tain­ing to be­hold. So when two lively Jewish minds lock horns over one of the great de­bates of the day, it is worth pay­ing at­ten­tion. Spice is added when the clash echoes across the At­lantic, as it does in the con­flict­ing opin­ions on global warm­ing of ex-Chan­cel­lor Nigel Law­son and Amer­i­can econ­o­mist and 2007 Reith lec­turer Jef­frey Sachs. Lord Law­son ar­gues that the cur­rent siren calls on the sub­ject are mis­guided, that we are in the grip of hype rather than science, and that the vast “reme­dies” pose more dan­gers than the cli­mate. Th­ese points are force­fully put in book form in An Ap­peal to Rea­son: A Cool Look at Global Warm­ing (Duck­worth £9.99). Sachs, on the other hand, who him­self of­ten at­tracts the ep­i­thet “cool” (he is very pally with Bono), says we are not alarmed enough by the threat and, in Com­mon Wealth: Eco­nomics for a Crowded Planet (Allen Lane £22), ad­vo­cates a new world po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. It’s get­ting hot­ter in here.

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