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How Bad Ideas Keep Rebounding Into Public Discourse: The Rebound Effect and Its Refutation

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 8:53 PM

Every few years, a new report emerges that tries to resurrect an old hypothesis: that energy efficiency policy somehow results in consumers using more energy instead of less. This hypothesis was introduced in the 19th century by economist William Stanley Jevons, who argued that increases in the energy efficiency throughout...

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What's the Problem With Using Energy Efficient Appliances?

(19) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 4:50 PM

In "The Efficiency Dilemma," The New Yorker  (December 20, 2010), David Owen revives a discredited 19th century article on economics to posit that the increasing efficiency of household products such as refrigerators and air conditioners is responsible for a range of problems, including everything from food waste to America’s...

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Invisible Energy: Austerity? Or More Stimulus? Those are the Wrong Questions!

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 12:49 PM

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogThe last two weeks’ news discussions about the economy are all focused on figuring out whether the economy is recovering (in which case we need to solve the problem of government deficits through austerity) or whether the economy is faltering (in...

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Insulation is Innovation, Mr. Gates

(10) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 10:20 AM

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Bill Gates argues in a new blog that to meet long-term climate goals, we need innovation, “not insulation.” NRDC agrees that we need innovation. But the idea that we should chose between insulation and innovation is a mistake. Insulation...

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Invisible Energy: Economic Recovery Depends on Recognizing the Root Causes of the Problem

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 5:31 PM

President Obama took assertive steps this week to improve the energy efficiency of cars and buildings, and linked this to the need for green jobs to stimulate the nation's economy.

The connection between energy efficiency and economic recovery needs to be continually emphasized: for too long efficiency has been...

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How Did We Get Into This Mess?

(40) Comments | Posted December 19, 2008 | 5:48 PM

A close examination of our current financial morass shows that bad policy (or a lack of policy) on energy efficiency accounts for a surprisingly large part of the problem, and remedying this failure can deliver a large part of the solution.

The most direct cause of the economic breakdown is...

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