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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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/science/08tier.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=energy%20efficiency&st=cse

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.