" – ew energy sources are likely to play a smaller role in economic recovery than advances in energy efficiency, according to speakers at a recent symposium held by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
– Consider the following data that emerged from the symposium:
* America’s economy has tripled in size since 1970 and three-quarters of the energy needed to fuel that growth came from efficiency advances, not by adding more energy.
* Still, the U.S. economy remains only about 13 percent energy efficient, meaning 87 percent of the energy we use is wasted. We are behind Japan and several European countries, which have a 20 percent efficiency level.
* Energy efficiency investments can provide up to one-half of the greenhouses gas emissions reductions most scientists say are needed between now and 2050 – while lowering energy bills.
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Thursday, 13 May 2010 by Cairene