Energy Efficiency, Human Activities and Climate Change
Energy is important again, not because there is too little, but because of the threat that there is too much. Local and global environmental problems associated with energy use have increased their magnitude and threaten to grow even more as energy prices stabilize and demand grows even more. Of particular importance is the rise in CO2 emissions from the use of fossil fuels that dominate energy use. How much will it cost to restrain their growth or even reduce them? Nothing at all, say optimists; too much, say pessimists.
KeywordsEnergy Efficiency Gross Domestic Product Energy Intensity Energy Price Improve Energy Efficiency
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- 1.Opinions strictly those of the author and not of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the Stockholm Environment Institute, or any of their sponsors.Google Scholar
- 2.Details of these scenarios are given in our book, Energy Efficiency and Human Activity: Past Trends, Future Prospects by Lee Schipper, Steve Meyers, et al., (Cambridge University Press, 1992).Google Scholar