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Rebound Effect

Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even With Rebound?

Gernot Wagner | Posted 10.23.2014 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Energy inefficiency can't be good. That doesn't yet mean that efficiency alone is sufficient. Every economist worth his or her degree would conclude that we need a price on carbon or a similar instrument. Bonus fact: There's no direct rebound effect with pricing mechanisms.

Do Green Cars Lead To More Driving?

Posted 04.12.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Jim Motavalli: Here’s the good news: According to the wonks at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Researc...

Nature: The Rebound Effect Is Overplayed

Gernot Wagner | Posted 03.26.2013 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Yes, the rebound effect is real. But it's also small. And what's there is actually positive! Why shouldn't people who can now afford to, due to more efficient energy technologies, be able to improve theirs lives?

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

David B. Goldstein | Posted 07.10.2011 | Green
David B. Goldstein

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.