Chasing Rainbows: How the Green agenda defeats its aims

Speaker: Tim Worstall

Date: Tuesday 30 November 2010

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


Location: Room, LG002, Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

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This event is to launch the latest work of our ASI fellow Tim Worstall.

The environmentalists have won: we all agree that we should be green. Now it's the revenge of the economists: how should we be green?

Tim Worstall - entrepreneur, freelance writer and Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute - takes a long, hard, calculating (and very entertaining) look at the assumptions behind ‘green’ activity. Crucially, he draws on economic analysis – combining classic models with an impressive knowledge of contemporary research - to examine in an unsentimental, quantitative and analytical light, the core assumptions that drive our efforts to produce a cleaner, healthier planet.

In doing so, he examines the misunderstanding about ‘job creation’ being unarguably beneficial; discusses how we must calculate the value of the time we spend recycling; unpicks the lazy thinking about markets and growth, and produces a witty, compelling and surprising perspective on all things green.

This is no knee-jerk, reactionary counterblast that denies we need to be environmentally conscious, but rather a compelling and utterly necessary plea to examine our environmental activities with due accuracy and thought.

The popular and globally esteemed science writer and columnist, Matt Ridley, has called this book: ‘Fearless, fresh, forensic and funny’, while Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist, says: ‘Jaw-droppingly rude he may be, but he’s smart, and this book is quite an education.’

Chasing Rainbows is the latest book in Stacey International’s radical and highly successful Independent Minds series.

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