We've called out Bjorn Lomborg (an "associate professor of statistics" who is "not a climate scientist or economist," but who is well known for his "extensive and extensively documented errors and misrepresentations") a couple times on this blog, including this post by Tigercomm President Mike Casey.
Here’s Bjorn Lomborg, apparently trying to curry the favor of fossil fuel funders with another piece that talks down clean energy and that wholly ignores the staggeringly large dirty energy welfare.
This is not the first time that Lomborg, a discredited “skeptic” around global climate disruption, has plunged into the world of clean energy policy...
- Not only is green energy NOT a "subsidy hog," in fact "dollars to renewables were quite small until the early 1990s, and become mere rounding errors for that time period once one removes (as I believe they should) support to corn ethanol and large scale hydro plants." In contrast, "subsidies to oil and gas date back at least a century."
- Lomborg also ignores negative "exernalities," and "ignored externalities mean artificially low delivered prices for fossil fuels, and systematic underinvestment into improved efficiency and conservation."
- Unlike the fossil fuel folks, who deny that the massive taxpayer-funded corporate welfare they receive is even a "subsidy," the "people in the wind or solar industries...are actually quite candid that what they are getting from the government are subsidies."
- The Wall Street Journal, where Lomborg's op-ed appears, "has run numerous editorial pieces on subsidies to wind and ethanol." In stark contrast, the Wall Street Journal "has run pretty much nothing on subsidies to nuclear or to fossil fuels -- the only exceptions being postings by people claiming, as Lomberg has, that the fossil fuel subsidies are small and mostly pretend figments of crazed greenie imaginations." On this same topic, we also recommend the superb report by the Checks & Balances Project, "Fossil Fuel Front Groups on the Front Page," which explains how fossil-fuel-funded front groups "have been secretly influencing the media and the public on energy issues by moving pro-fossil fuel messaging."