Ivory Tower Energy Policy: Energy efficiency obviates need for new coal?

Georgia Tech researchers claim that a 9% gain in energy efficiency by 2020 would obviate the need for new coal-fired power plants in 16 southern states (AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV). The study says,

“With vigorous policies, it is possible to reduce energy consumption in the South by 1 percent per year, which would more than eliminate the projected growth in energy demand in the region.”

The fact that reduced energy use and economic growth have never occurred simultaneously in the in the history of mankind seems to have been overlooked by these researchers.

Click here for the “study.”

3 thoughts on “Ivory Tower Energy Policy: Energy efficiency obviates need for new coal?”

  1. “The fact that reduced energy use and economic growth have never occurred simultaneously in the in the history of mankind seems to have been overlooked by these researchers.”

    Too funny, and too true. Much like global warming, the inconvenient data is either eliminated or held to some arbitrary constant (known as the Universal Variable Constant and constantly in use by ‘journalists’ and Al Gore).

  2. Why stop at 9% energy conservation? They could project to save 20% or 30%, 50%, maybe one day 90%, and if we all stop doing what we’re doing we could hit 100% energy conservation!!

  3. Working brains, it’s not one of the things that come standard equipment with greens.

    Logic to the greens is like the cross is to a vampire.

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