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U.S. scores low on energy efficiency

Desert Sun -- The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has released an international energy efficiency score card, looking at how the 12 top industrialized countries score on a range of measures of energy efficiency — and the United States scored well back in the pack, 9th.

The United Kingdom came in first, followed by Germany, Italy and Japan.

Why should we care? As the ACEEE says in its introduction:

“A country that uses less energy to achieve the same or better results reduces costs and pollution, creating a stronger, more competitive economy. While energy efficiency has played a major role in economies of developed nations for decades, cost-effective energy efficiency remains a massively underutilized energy resource.”

And the report notes, the 12 nations studied represent more than


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DerHahn
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2012 10:36:28 PM

well alert the media. oh wait, we've always been there.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2012 9:50:39 PM


suchont...you must be scary on the freeways....I would suggest you trying less traveled roads.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 11:04:07 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 10:43:44 PM

The US's best scores were in the building sector, where we scored 17 out of a possible 28, and got a full 6 points for having good appliance energy efficiency standards.
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suchont
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 8:40:11 PM

i tried to do my part to consume less energy by hypermiling, but every time i tried, someone either cut in front of me or ride by rear end. so all i can do is accelerate to brake 10 yard in front of me. then repeat over, and over, and over. . . .

soon i'll have to fill up and change my brake pad!
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investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 8:22:00 PM

energy inefficiency = higher demand = higher prices
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DrLyon
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:20:31 PM

Get efficient...
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merlinCO
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:19:26 PM

we have very poor public transit with a few exceptions
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:18:37 PM

...
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:16:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:11:29 PM

Are they saying that we use inefficient energy types, or we use what we have inefficiently?
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:09:59 PM

read
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:09:27 PM

Save the trees
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:09:01 PM

I wonder why?
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:05:16 PM

Energy efficiency "reduces costs and pollution". A key saving that is not mentioned in this article but is one of the byproducts of less pollution is lower health costs. The amount of money spent treating those who live near coal-using power plants, for example, is staggering. And the track record of the coal mining industry is well south of awful. So moving toward more efficient energy uses in just that one energy sector would make a big difference.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:03:44 PM

Of course they do
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 7:01:51 PM

I disagree with the ACEEE's premise as stated in their introduction.

Energy efficiency is but one component in overall business efficiency, which successful businesses strive for. Countries who force "energy efficiency" down the throats of businesses decrease that overall efficiency and hurt their own economy.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:52:10 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:51:00 PM

So what?
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:49:02 PM

I wonder where Canada fits in on the list.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:47:16 PM

interestong
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:46:21 PM

let's go for cheep energy
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:41:23 PM

Just keep trying to reduce
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:35:33 PM

"The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy" sounds Orwellian.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:34:32 PM

I think we are even worse in Canada
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:34:18 PM

Good. We need more cheap energy so we don't have to conserve it.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:31:59 PM

This is no surprise. Our culture is extremely wasteful; rife with conspicuous consumerism.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:31:50 PM

This does not surprise me at all
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:30:31 PM

At present consumption, it's estimated that we have 25 - 30 years of oil left. We have to do something.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:29:49 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:29:03 PM

Who is the ACEEE? Never heard of them.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:27:10 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:26:33 PM

I am sure Afghanistan is high on the list. If you don't have any modern conveniences you don't have to worry about efficiency.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:23:21 PM

whatever
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:22:25 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:15:25 PM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:12:36 PM

Oh, and let's not forget Oprah, who visited Denmark during the last climate initiative, was asked to see a "typical household" and, when she did, was appalled upon walking in and asked "...Where's your stuff?" The non varnished reply: "... there's not much left after taxes..." Look at living standards and disposable income to get the real picture.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:11:35 PM

ok......
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:04:16 PM

F-U
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Really
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 6:03:31 PM

and after obama has given out tens of billions
on phoney projects to shell companies ..........WTF
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 5:58:01 PM

Look at the difference in square miles to the other countries.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 5:50:37 PM

are we suprised
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 5:25:08 PM

sounds more like a government trying to put the scews to us
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 5:25:07 PM

9 out of 12 proves our leadership is crap and all need to be dumped in November. Vote the incumbents out and give someone else a chance to screw it up in a different way.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 5:12:36 PM

Not suprised
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 5:12:26 PM

Did you expect something different?
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 5:07:12 PM

No surprises there.
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Really?
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Ok
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