Yes, Energy Efficiency Matters
- Sep 15, 2021 9:14 pm GMT
In the ongoing conversation about the future of energy, there’s a noisy subset of commentators who insist energy efficiency doesn’t matter, or that it’s been good but we don’t need more of it. The only sensible way to keep up with electricity demand while cutting emissions, they say, is through technological innovations that produce more clean generation. Conservation, in their view, is a waste of time and effort.
This viewpoint was summed up by Michael Shellenberger, an author an self-proclaimed eco-modernist, on the Conversations with Coleman podcast a couple months ago during a segment on the unpopularity of nuclear power:
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