David Goldstein

David B. Goldstein has worked on energy efficiency and energy policy since the 1970s. He has been instrumental in the development of energy efficiency standards for new buildings and appliances currently in effect at the regional and national level in the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. Dr. Goldstein now works at the NRDC as the Energy Program co-Director in San Fransisco.

Energy Efficiency

How bad ideas keep rebounding into public discourse: the rebound effect and its refutation

The rebound effect: a light that never goes out.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Every few years, a new report emerges that tries to resurrect an old hypothesis: that energy efficiency policy somehow results in consumers using more energy instead of less. This hypothesis was introduced in the 19th century by economist William Stanley Jevons, who argued that increases in the energy efficiency throughout a nation would lead to increases in coal consumption, rather than decreases. Recent articles have attempted to revive these claims, also known as the “rebound effect” — restating that energy efficiency tends to encourage more …

been there, skimmed that

Another bogus report tries to discredit energy efficiency

If you think efficiency doesn’t save money, you haven’t been looking at the data.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. This piece was coauthored by Ralph Cavanagh, senior attorney and co-director of NRDC’s energy program. Throughout almost four decades of societal progress in getting more work out of less energy, those who deny the promise of energy efficiency have persisted in a bizarre claim: Any energy savings from efficiency are offset by activities that demand additional energy consumption. While implausible concerns about “rebound effect” have been around since the mid-19th century, they have not impeded recent progress in improving the efficiency …

A prayer for Owen Meany

Less energy, less pollution, and greater savings. Some dilemma.

David Owen blames a host of evils on efficiency, but fails to back up his accusations with facts.

I'd cap that

The climate bill endgame

Cross-posted from the NRDC Switchboard blog.  To cap or not to cap? That is the question … The most important component of an effective climate bill — one that helps the economy recover and assures that greenhouse gas emissions will decline rapidly over the decades to come — is setting a cap on emissions. Opponents of a cap misunderstand how and why the cap will work, and their stated reasons for opposition reflect this misunderstanding. Typical of these self-described conservative arguments is made by Steve Everley at American Solutions. Everley tries to paint efforts to price carbon through a cap …

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