On the New York Times

As we all know, the New York Times is the US paper of record. They have fact checkers for everything. They source and confirm absolutely all of even the trivial points made.

Quite seriously I\’ve had a phone call from an NYT reporter to confirm something I\’d written as a blog post. \”Did you really say that\” sorta stuff….when of course there it was on the blog itself.

Which makes finding horrible errors in their pages all the more fun:

Those amounts are certainly difficult to predict, but assuming prices stay at current high levels — $80 per barrel for oil, $4 per million cubic feet of natural gas

I\’m pretty sure that should be $4 per thousand cubic feet of gas. Or, if you prefer to measure it another way, $4 per million BTU (British Thermal Units).

Tsk, tsk.

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  1. Those of us of a certain age can remember when “BTU” meant “Board of Trade Unit” and the British Thermal Unit was written as BThU. At least, so we were instructed at school; I must admit that at Uni, BTU had its current meaning.

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