06 Feb '12, 9pm

How does the rebound effect fit into the big picture on climate change?

How does the rebound effect fit into the big picture on climate change?

In my last two posts, I tried to explain the rebound effect and explore its implications for policy . (Short version: Rebound effects are real and in some cases substantial, but they do not undermine the case for energy efficiency.) In this post — the last in what I promise was never intended to become a multi-part series — I explore the question of what the rebound effect means for our larger understanding of the fight against climate change. Following that thread leads us into some deep waters, where we confront the climate policy dilemma that dare not speak its name: growth. Bear with me, it gets a little nerdy along the way.

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