Posts Under ‘energy efficiency’ Category

A Climate Hawk Gets Real

David Roberts at Grist seems to have had an a ha! moment. In a long, wonky post about the “rebound effect,” he frames the grand challenge of emissions reduction as a problem that offers one of two choices: 2a.┬áDrive down global energy intensity. 2b.┬áDrive down global economic growth. Roberts runs through the math and concludes…Continue Reading…

The 'Rebound' Appraisal Stays in Play

The Guardian is the latest outlet to take a fresh look at long-held popular assumptions on energy efficiency. Their hook is the Breakthrough Institute report released last week. For efficiency advocates, this is surely an acid-reflux inducing headline from the Guardian: Could the rebound effect undermine climate efforts? Speaking of that Breakthrough report, I’m still…Continue Reading…

The "Rebound" Ricochet

As I noted yesterday, the recent fiery debate over the merits of energy efficiency is becoming increasingly acrimonious. The latest public skirmish was triggered earlier this week when Jon Koomey, a consulting professor at Stanford University, wrote on his blog: Over the past few weeks I’ve been engaged in an email conversation with about 30…Continue Reading…

The Joe Romm Treatment

A fierce debate on the merits of energy efficiency, triggered last month by David Owen’s article in The New Yorker, has perhaps entered an ugly phase today, with this post by Joe Romm. And that’s too bad, because the thorny questions raised in Owen’s piece deserve to be judged on the basis of reasoned argument….Continue Reading…

The Ugly Truth About Being Green

In a longish essay in the Wall Street Journal weekend edition, Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, tells a story about why being green is hard. My wife and I recently built what is arguably the greenest home for miles around. OK, stop. This is a good time to define “green.” The greenest home is…Continue Reading…