New Book Focuses on Energy Efficiency

Last week we reported on U.S. President Barak Obama’s Oval Office address about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, when he stated it was part of his proposed plan to end the U.S. "addiction to fossil fuels," and bang on cue a new book supports this proposal.

Invisible Energy: Strategies to Rescue the Economy and Save the Planet, by David Goldstein, says that boosting energy efficiency with technology could reduce energy use by at least 30 per-cent over the next 20 years.

Goldstein, energy program co-director for the U.S. environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council, argues that such reductions represents more than the current energy supplied from a single fossil fuel source, either coal, petroleum or gas. This would also save trillions of dollars, create jobs while improving national security through reduction of dependence on foreign oil-production.

The problem according to Goldstein is that "energy efficiency is nearly invisible politically," hence the title of his book.

Goldstein explains this problem: "Efficiency represents a threat to the business model of the oil and gas industry," plus he adds "you can't go to the hardware or home improvement store and buy a product called "efficiency."

According to Goldstein President Obama talks a lot about setting up a clean energy economy, focusing on renewable energy sources, but the U.S. Administration needs to concentrate more on promoting energy efficiency.

Goldstein is hopeful that the increased concerns about U.S. reliance on fossil fuels, due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, will bring about change.

Picture by aussiegall

Monday 21st June 2010


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