Invisible Energy: Strategies to Rescue the Economy and Save the Planet

Invisible Energy: Strategies to Rescue the Economy and Save the Planet

by David B. Goldstein


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A single factor connects the looming threat of climate change and the nation's economic woes—energy. Reduce the use of energy, says David Goldstein, and you solve both problems.

Invisible Energy shows how the United States can reduce carbon pollution and free its economy from the crushing burden of expensive, foreign oil by making hundreds of small incremental improvements in how we do things. Identifying market failures that actually restrict competition and impede the development of energy efficient products, this book describes a host of smart regulations and new technologies that can release the hidden energy of efficient use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981957708
Publisher: Bay Tree Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. viii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Energy Efficiency: A Vast Invisible Resource 1

A Resource That Increases with Use

A Threatened Planet

2 Stopping Climate Change and Accelerating Economic Growth 17

Energy Efficiency and Public Policy

Conservative Objections to Action

Looking for Solutions

3 How Much Energy Can We Save? 31

An Exceedingly Modest Scenario

An Entirely Reasonable Scenario

4 Policy Options for Promoting Energy Efficiency 44

A Market-Enhancing Energy Policy

Reforming Utility Regulation

Encouraging Smart Growth

Expanding Renewable Energy

Capping Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Supporting Better Economic Policy Choices

5 America's Damaged Economy 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

6 Testing the Limits of Efficiency 94


Heating Buildings

Air Conditioning

Heating Water

Personal Transportation

Industrial Uses

Saving Energy through Extreme Efficiency

7 Getting Past Conventional Wisdom 130

The Refrigerator Story

Eight Imaginary Obstacles

What Is a Conservative Assumption?

Renewable Resources

A Nuclear Distraction

What Are the Possibilities?

8 Exploring New Paths 167

Addressing Failures of the Market

Making Lifestyle Changes

Taking a Global Perspective

Conclusions—Tapping Efficiency as a Global Resource

Endnotes 191

Partial Bibliography of Energy Efficiency Potentials Studies 203

Index 207

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