Invisible Energy

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-16
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A single factor connects the looming threat of climate change and the nation's economic woesenergy. Reduce the use of energy, says David Goldstein, and you solve both problems.

Author Biography

David B. Goldstein is Energy Program Co-Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council and a MacArthur genius award Fellow.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Energy Efficiency: A Vast Invisible Resourcep. 1
A Resource That Increases with Use
A Threatened Planet
Stopping Climate Change and Accelerating Economic Growthp. 17
Energy Efficiency and Public Policy
Conservative Objections to Action
Looking for Solutions
How Much Energy Can We Save?p. 31
An Exceedingly Modest Scenario
An Entirely Reasonable Scenario
Policy Options for Promoting Energy Efficiencyp. 44
A Market-Enhancing Energy Policy
Reforming Utility Regulation
Encouraging Smart Growth
Expanding Renewable Energy
Capping Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Supporting Better Economic Policy Choices
America's Damaged Economyp. 66
The Trade Deficit
The Mortgage Crisis
The Low Savings Rate
Government Deficits
Weak Consumer Spending
The Search for Solutions
Energy Investments to Cure the Economy
Testing the Limits of Efficiencyp. 94
Heating Buildings
Air Conditioning
Heating Water
Personal Transportation
Industrial Uses
Saving Energy through Extreme Efficiency
Getting Past Conventional Wisdomp. 130
The Refrigerator Story
Eight Imaginary Obstacles
What Is a Conservative Assumption?
Renewable Resources
A Nuclear Distraction
What Are the Possibilities?
Exploring New Pathsp. 167
Addressing Failures of the Market
Making Lifestyle Changes
Taking a Global Perspective
Conclusions—Tapping Efficiency as a Global Resource
Endnotesp. 191
Partial Bibliography of Energy Efficiency Potentials Studiesp. 203
Indexp. 207
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