Embargoed for 00.01 hours, 28th September 2003

Robert L. Bradley, President of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston, Texas, writing in Climate Alarmism Reconsidered*, has produced a devastating critique of the research of environmentalists, whom he describes as climate alarmists. Bradley's research shows that the arguments of those who call for interventionist policy action on the environment are flawed on three counts:

- they ignore consistent improvements in nearly all environmental outcomes over the last century (for example pollutants have fallen by 60% in the last 30 years in the UK)

- they are too pessimistic about the impact of global warming on the environment and local economies

- they propose measures that have costs that far outweigh any possible benefit from their implementation.

Environmental alarmists, having been proven wrong time and time again, turned to global warming