Subtitle: Because We Sure As Hell Ain’t Going To Stop Burning Coal
First off, this blog agrees with Amory Lovins that “it is cheaper to save energy than to buy it.” And, it doesn’t take a Beltway Democrat to tell me that “Congress is a creature of constituencies, and the money and power of the constituencies are almost all on the supply side.”
Yet, as Dana Beach has observed, while conservation and efficiency programs, combined with non-carbon-based fuels, can reduce a reliance on coal, most utility companies in the Southeast persist in exclusively embracing coal-based electric power production. Furthermore, as this blog repeatedly has bemoaned, they represent a very strong political constituency against federal encouragement of distributed power, particularly renewable energy resources.
Thus, it is somewhat telling that the cover graphic for a “Business Rountable Energy Blueprint”, provided to the Treehugger audience by Marian Hopkins, should show the green border stopping at the Mason-Dixon Line and the “yoof” enthusiastically focused upon Energy Efficiency.
Business Roundtable supported components of the recent energy bill passed by Congress and signed by President Bush, particularly the emphasis on energy efficiency. Their energy blueprint, released last June, identifies “improving efficiency as a critical building block for a successful energy policy.”
Energy efficiency, a proven and broadly-accepted strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing energy security, is a platform Business Roundtable strongly supports.
With every unit of energy we conserve through greater efficiency, this means lower energy consumption and therefore less oil, gas or coal to meet demand. And, with crude oil recently hitting $100 a barrel, the need for a diversified energy mix is as clear as ever.
Through the promotion of energy efficiency and the reduction of energy usage, real economic savings for consumers and businesses will scale beyond mere pocket change.