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Mike Ahern leads WPI's Academic and Corporate Engagement Group.  Mike's focus areas include graduate education and professional development, especially in Electrical and Computer Engineering...

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I think this article presents an interesting, reframed perspective on total energy consumption.  Great read for Energy Efficiency Day 

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Bob Meinetz on Oct 2, 2018

Mike, notable that discussions promoting energy efficiency are written by authors living in the most developed countries of the world. They burn abundant fossil fuels freely, then erect a few ineffectual solar panels and wind turbines to salve their guilt.

Meanwhile, in undeveloped/underdeveloped countries, billions burn wood or dung to cook their meals with an efficiency which would (or should) make first-world residents blush. For them, efficiency means survival.

We need a way to provide enough clean energy to everyone in the world, so billions don’t need to burn wood or dung to eat. We need a way to share the energy-abundant lifestyle we enjoy without making the climate problem worse. How? Ask a climatologist: the only conceivable way to accomplish that feat is by transitioning from fossil fuels to carbon-free nuclear energy, and doing it as rapidly as possible.

Nuclear energy paves the only viable path forward on climate change

Abundant, dispatchable nuclear energy has the capability to make efficiency irrelevant.

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