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It works on the assumption that we can't and won't do anything different

That's where the ideological edge lies, I think, both in the "can't" (a form of conservatism with a small c) and the "won't" (big business lobbying / human nature arguments)

Perhaps we should add a fifth element to Jérôme's Creed: smart power usage


Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 09:00:40 AM EST
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And there is a subject that has been aching and calling me for practically over a year now. The coverage on that item has been small - but I also think it's a subheader under what Jerome lists as "conservation".

The wars of coal vs nuclear and the wars between several renewables have always sparked the largest and  most intense debates.

Why has the debate on conservation remained so limited? Perhaps because no debate is needed and everyone sees it as a common wisdom? Then where can I find the plan of attack? Because I hardly can't. It's all scatter what I have found so far.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 09:43:15 AM EST
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Because there's no "magic bullet" there - solutions will come from all of us making efforts that we are motivated to do.

The closest to a "magic bullet" is the gas tax, or carbon tax, solution, as it gives a clear price signal to everybody. But many things are more complex than that, or require other kinds of efforts

  • information on energy efficiency of appliances
  • construction standards
  • tougher recycling obligations
  • more up-to-date information on prices of things like power, road availability, etc...

so that we have the icnentive to make the right choices, and that we are able to make them.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 10:57:08 AM EST
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The big question that has stuck with me: where and what are those efforts and how can I - as an energy consumer - quickly implement them when so motivated?

Just like the patchwork of solutions for renewables, it's clear to me that there is similarly no "magic bullet" solutions when it comes to conservation and that here too a patchwork needs to welded. I should've been clearer on that - but it's wortwhile to have you stress that point. Yet that patchwork of today is what I called scatter. There's little structure - unless a new revolution has taken place which I've completely missed.

It comes back to markets and politics. The solutions you listed are (mostly) inherently political by nature because they are regulation-driven. Market forces -will- provide more conservation techniques and als more accessible (and reliable??) information on those conservation techniques when the energy crunch is in full swing. I, however, would prefer to stay ahead of the latter development (market forces), while in the meantime continue to ply the former (politics and regulation measures).

The Energy Conservation Wiki/Platform that Migeru came up with somewhere before last year's summer is what I have in mind when writing this.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 12:18:35 PM EST
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