20 Jan '12, 9pm

My new post: Energy efficiency: still awesome, still ignored

My new post: Energy efficiency: still awesome, still ignored

There was a brief, heady time in the late ’00s when it seemed like energy efficiency was finally going to get the spotlight. For years — decades, really — efficiency geeks lamented that the only job-creating, money-saving, productivity-enhancing energy option available was perpetually marginalized while far more expensive options (cough*nuclear*cough) were subject to endless public discussion. Since 1970, the U.S. economy has tripled in size; in that time, 3/4 of the demand for new energy services has been met by efficiency, not new energy supply. Three-quarters! A bigger contribution than any single energy source. And yet … crickets. But then efficiency started catching on! People started writing about it in major publications. A few glimmers of bipartisan consensus in Congress appeared. Hope abounded. And then the financial crisis and the Tea Party arrived and everyone w...

Full article: http://grist.org/energy-policy/energy-efficiency-awesome/

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