NYT Article on the dilemma of energy efficiency

13 Mar

There is a great article I found in the New York Times, which explains (far better than I ever could) how energy efficiency is not actually the solution it seems to be.


This is exactly the point that I am trying to make, although I would not go to the extent of saying it will be bad for the environment.  Energy efficiency is a wash – all the “saved energy” will just tend to go somewhere else, be it increased activities or to the rising middle classes in China and India.  The bottom line is that energy efficiency might not make a dent on our overall greenhouse gas emissions, and so we should focus on developing clean energy technologies.


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