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Booker On The BP Energy Review

June 24, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Booker covers the BP Energy Review today:


 Christopher Booker

One of the more disturbing features of our time is the yawning gulf between the way some of the most serious issues of the day are generally discussed and reported, and the real story behind them, which too often just gets buried from view. Here I update on two familiar examples.

The first concerns our old friend carbon dioxide. It might seem wonderfully ironic that we are now being told that pubs, breweries and our food industry are facing a serious shortage of the CO2 they rely on for much of what they do, such as putting bubbles in their drinks. The more usual picture we are given of CO2 is that it is a deadly polluting gas that we need to get rid of because it threatens the future of the planet.

Far from cutting their emissions in 2017, the EU and the rest of the world, led by China and India, have been increasing their CO2 output, as if Paris had never happened

President Trump is thus vilified for deciding to pull the US out of the Paris accord, by which all the world had supposedly agreed to make unprecedented cuts in its “carbon emissions”. But the real story is revealed by BP’s latest Statistical Review of World Energy. Far from cutting their emissions in 2017, the EU and the rest of the world, led by China and India, have been increasing their CO2 output, as if Paris had never happened.

The one country that has significantly reduced its emissions is the US itself, thanks to its continuing switch from coal to cheaper shale gas. It was precisely because Mr Trump recognised that China, India and the rest had no intention of reducing their emissions that he denounced Paris as just an empty, virtue-signalling charade. He thus, finally, called the bluff of the entire global warming scare story, and these latest figures merely confirm how right he was. But where else have you seen this reported?


As Booker points out, this news has hardly been headline stuff amongst the MSM. Certainly as far as the BBC is concerned, their Energy News page does not mention the BP Energy Review at all, (see here).

And a quick google of “BP Energy Review 2018” links to BP, me and a few other expert sites.




  1. It doesn't add up... permalink
    June 24, 2018 12:32 pm

    Roger Andrews has done a good analysis of the BP data on electricity generation at Euan Mearns’ site:

    The world has made no progress towards decarbonizing its electricity sector over the last 32 years. In 1985 it generated 35% of its electricity from low-carbon sources (hydro, nuclear, renewables). In 2017 it generated 34%.

    I did a couple of charts on the 2017 picture:

    Firstly shares by source for each country/region

    and the crude data in TWh:

  2. June 24, 2018 4:11 pm

    Don’t expect the BBC and the rest of the UK’s media (apart from a few exceptions such as Breitbart) to report the truth. They are too busy being biased and too busy creating fake news to tell the truth to us, the great unwashed taxpayers.

  3. Doug Brodie permalink
    June 24, 2018 4:55 pm

    Our political leaders and the establishment elite are either so hopelessly brainwashed by their own doom-laden propaganda or so scared stiff of upsetting the “sacrosanct” supranational climate change bandwagon (which would mean siding with President Trump, the surprise potential nemesis of the global climate change scare) that I fear the lights will have to go out before our politicians even begin to acknowledge that they have embarked on a ruinously expensive fool’s mission.

    • June 24, 2018 5:43 pm

      Sadly most western politicians let their lights go out years ago where the non-issue of man-made climate is concerned.

    • HotScot permalink
      June 24, 2018 8:28 pm


      It’s a sad day when sceptics must wish for what neither they want, nor the world needs, global cooling, to make a point.

      Too late for trillions of dollars spunked on an imaginary cause, profiting the already wealthy, that could have been better spent on developing energy infrastructure across the globe.

      We might have cracked the elusive Fusion nut with that money by now.

      • dave permalink
        June 25, 2018 1:28 pm

        The world may not oblige us by cooling sharply!

        As the above shows, the man-made “ozone-destroying” gases have been disappearing from the atmosphere since 2000, but slowly when compared to the rate that they were added between 1970 and 2000.


        the theory that the observed, accelerated, rise in certain “temperature series” between 1970 and 2000 was CAUSED by ozone depletion is correct,


        we would expect – other things being equal – a GRADUAL rewinding of the effect, and NO further upwards tendency, but, instead, a downwards tendency of about 0.03 C per decade.

        “Global warming fever,” therefore, might end with a long, slow, whimper; it might end so slowly, in fact, that – unfortunately for lovers of natural justice – the usual suspects will already be retired, loaded with honours and moolah, and with beatific expressions of self-satisfaction on their faces.

        Perhaps a lazy sun can help us out!

  4. Green Sand permalink
    June 25, 2018 4:41 pm

    ‘£1.3bn Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project thrown out’

    “Plans to build the world’s first tidal power lagoon have been thrown out by the UK government.

    Ministers said the £1.3bn project was not value for money, despite claims by developers Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) a revised offer made it cheaper…..”

    • mikewaite permalink
      June 25, 2018 5:48 pm

      It wll be interesting to see how the BBC in partnership with prominent politicians attempt to overturn the decision , as they are doing with Brexit , (with considerable success), and with the Trump election (although they may have realised that the latter is beyond even their enormous influence and resources).
      Expect it to dominate the morning news, “Costing the earth” and of course a special edition of “Country File” where Tom Heap will be flabbergasted at the incompetence of the UK Govt in the face of imminent global warming disaster.

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