And to think that this bloke used to actually write a good chunk of the government\’s drivel on the subject.
These are, please note, consecutive sentences from his blog post. I have not just collected the worst parts:
The paper uses scientific analysis to calculate the world’s total subsidies to oil, coal and gas companies at between $400 and $500 billion per year.
That\’s about £45 for each man woman and child on the planet.
This hardly seems possible, but this is a peer-reviewed paper.
1) The paper does not use scientific analysis to calculate this. It quotes the well known finding of the International Energy Authority that a certain group of nations (Iran, Russia, Saudi etc) subsidise the consumption of fossil fuels.
2) A subsidy to consumers is not a subsidy to producers.
3) This is not a peer reviewed paper \”Hansen et al. 2012, submitted\”…they are waiting for the results of the peer review.
That\’s three strikes and, yes, David Thorpe, you are out!