Climate change sceptic addresses NZ business

The collapse of communism and the decline of conventional western religions are among reasons for the growth of global warming fears and “eco-fundamentalism”, Britain’s former chancellor of the exchequer Nigel Lawson says.

Baron Lawson of Blaby is visiting New Zealand, for the first time, as a guest of lobby group the Business Roundtable.

Since retiring from politics in 1992, he has written extensively on climate change and, in Auckland tonight, is giving a lecture on the subject. Yesterday, Lord Lawson compared widespread international concern over climate change to other “scares” of the past, including Thomas Malthus’ theory in 1798 of overpopulation, and concerns in the early 1970s of another ice age.

People hostile to capitalism and globalisation wanted to find an excuse to interfere in others lives and put a spanner in the works of capitalism, he said.

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