Is there anyone in the global warming debate less well-informed on the subject than Gregg Easterbrook? He has a mistake-filled article in the latest issue of the Atlantic (subs. req’d) and a mistake-filled interview on line.
Consider this whopper from the interview:
In the current federal budget there’s almost five billion dollars for energy conservation research–I wish there was zero in the current federal budget. Progress would be faster.
Wrong by a factor of more than 10. I ran the energy conservation office. The entire research budget is well under $500 million — and much of that is hydrogen research that is probably pointless and in any case not real conservation. Easterbrook is completely unaware of the $30 billion in savings the energy conservation program has been documented to provide Americans by the National Academy of Sciences.
Or consider this whopper from the second sentence in the article: