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Going "Small" is Going Big

on 5/15/2013

The answer to the question “Should Congress and the Administration pursue ‘small’ gains in energy policy?” is: “Absolutely!” And the exclamation point is not an accident. Much is at stake.

Energy Efficiency: Small Pain, Much Gain

on 5/2/2013

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) should be commended for broaching one of the thorniest questions in the entire debate over energy policy. Namely: In an era of increasing austerity and skepticism over the utility of federal intervention in the marketplace, how can America get additional bang for its buck in renewable energy?

Energy Efficiency=Minimal Budget Impact

on 4/17/2013

Every sector of American business – energy or otherwise – is deeply affected by the federal budget process. Energy efficiency, however, is one area where jobs and growth can be spurred with minimal investment from the U.S. Treasury. Other forms of energy depend on substantial federal resources for production and transmission to market.

Efficency = Austerity, Smart Mortgaging

on 4/3/2013

Sequestration might indeed undermine certain new energy technologies that demand capital-intensive investments in research-and-development. But federal cutbacks, no matter how austere, should not hurt the development of the ultimate “renewable energy technology”: energy efficiency.

Embracing Efficiency Ought to Be Step One

on 1/29/2013

No one can say with certainty how the debate over climate change will evolve in the 113th Congress.  Two considerations are clear, however.  

Nothing will come easy:  Virtually every facet of the debate will be hotly contested.  We ought to focus, therefore, on those relatively few issues on which there is broad bipartisan consensus.

The best place to start is to deepen America’s commitment to energy efficiency.