19 Apr '11, 1pm

Surprise! Developed world uses less energy per person than it did 20 years ago

Agreed, Wibble. There have been some efficiency gains (and of course the increased outsourcing of manufacturing), yet here we remain as some of the highest per-capita consumers in the world. And according to that chart, usage INCREASED more from 2000 to 2005 than it decreased from 1995. We still tend to focus on the higher near-term costs (particularly in the absence of a serious carbon-based disincentive/incentive system) of accelerating the development and deployment of solutions. Solutions for which there might be something of a market in the developing world? That is, assuming they don’t follow our lead in doing a mediocre job of boosting efficiency and cutting the dominance of fossil carbon in the energy mix.

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