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Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford.
Between 1961 and 1970 Lawson served as an editor for The Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator.
In 1974 Lawson was elected a member of parliament for the Conservative party. He held his seat until 1992. As a member of parliament, Lawson was eventually named Chancellor of the Exchequer—the highest economic and financial position in the British government—by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Lawson held this position from 1983-1989.
Currently Lawson contributes guest columns to world newspapers. He is the founder of The Global Warming Policy Foundation, a think-tank skeptical of the science behind anthropogenic (man-made) global warming as well as the policies that are being implemented to curb climate change.
Even though Lawson has no professional credentials in the area of climate change, and is relatively new to the conversation, he has managed to emerge as an “expert” voice on the subject in the media.
According to an interview conducted by The Telegraph in 2008, Lawson states he did not develop an informed interest in climate change until 2005 when he took part in a government committee exploring the economic factors involved in global warming. 
Climate skepticism runs deep in the Lawson family. His son Dominic Lawson is a journalist for the British newspaper The Independent. Dominic Lawson has used his columns to question the science behind climate change and criticize the IPCC.
Stance on Climate Change
“Lawson agrees that there has been some global warming over the past hundred years and that increased man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are partly to blame. But he argues that natural causes are more important than commonly agreed and that the science of climate remains in its infancy.” 
“Gradual and moderate warming brings benefits as well as incurring costs. These benefits and costs will not, of course, be felt uniformly throughout the world; the colder regions of the world will be more affected by the benefits, and the hotter regions by the costs.
“But overall, it is far from clear that the inhabitants of the planet as a whole would suffer a significant net cost, or indeed any cost at all.” [Christopher Booker. 
Nigel Lawson founded a climate-change think-tank, The Global Warming Policy Foundation. The GWPF's mission “is to bring reason, integrity and balance to a debate that has become seriously unbalanced, irrationally alarmist, and all too often depressingly intolerant.” 
Currently, Benny Peiser is the Director of the GWPF. Peiser has long opposed mainstream science's conclusions about anthropogenic global warming; in 2005 Peiser said he had data which refuted an article published in Science Magazine, claiming 100% of peer-reviewed research papers on climate change agreed with the scientific consensus of global warming. Peiser later revealed he found only one paper that disagreed with the scientific consensus, and that paper was published by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
The GWPF chooses not to disclose its funding sources. However, it does state that does not “accept gifts from either energy companies or anyone with a significant interest in an energy company.”
March 8, 2007
Lawson appeared on the Great Global Warming Swindle, a program broadcast on Channel 4 Television on March 8, 2007. According to Tyler Durkin, the writer and director of the program, “global warming is a hoax foisted upon an unsuspecting public by conspiratorial environmentalists.” 
Complaints included a 180+ page document (PDF) assembled by numerous writers, scientists, and two former chairs of the IPCC that accused the program of “displaying erroneous or artificially manipulated graphs, and presenting incorrect, misleading, or incomplete opinions and facts on the science of global warming and the related economics.” 
The document accuses Nigel Lawson, who is quoted on the program as saying that “there is such intolerance of any dissenting voice” against mainstream views on global warming, of inflating his credentials when he is described as an “expert” on climate science issues.
When Ofcom reviewed the complaints, they found that Channel 4 broke impartiality guidelines misrepresented statements by former British government scientist David King. Ofcom further found that the film unfairly treated the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and MIT professor Carl Wunsch.
December 21, 2006
In 2006, Lawson contributed to the article “The Stern Review: A Dual Critique” (PDF) published in the journal, World Economics. The article critiqued the findings of The Stern Review on The Economics of Climate Change.
The Stern Review was a report commissioned by the British government, whose conclusions not only supported the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the science behind the theory of anthropogenic global warming, but also advocated immediate action to mitigate the serious global threat climate change poses.
July 27, 2005
The report, titled “The Economics of Climate Change,” claims that there are “positive aspects to global warming” and describes how “the science of human-induced warming remains uncertain.”
It is also critical of the IPCC, describing the UN as being “influenced by political considerations” with regards to climate change science. The report is adamant that the Kyoto Protocol “will make little difference to future rates of warming.”
According to a search of Google Scholar, Lawson has not published any work in the area of climate science.
He is the author of Appeal to Reason : A cool look at global warming.
Christopher Booker. “Lord Lawson claims climate change hysteria heralds a 'new age of unreason',” The Telegraph, April 6, 2008.
Allister Heath. “Pouring on Cold Water,” Literary Review, April, 2008.
“The GWPF: History and Mission,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 19, 2009.
Juliette Hughes. “The truth is downright dirty,” The Age, June 2, 2007.
“Ofcom's findings on The Great Global Warming Swindle,” The Guardian, July 22, 2008.
“Complaint to Ofcom Regarding 'The Great Global Warming Swindle',” (PDF), ofcomswindlecomplaint.net.
“Lords to G8: UK climate policies 'wildly optimistic',” euractiv.com, July 7, 2005.
“Board of Trustees,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Accessed January, 2012.
“Nigel Lawson,” Wikipedia entry.
Robin McKie. “Talk About Hot Air,” The Observer, April 20, 2008.