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Research your Intensity: Why Carbon Intensity of Your Electricity is Important

August 3, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Carbon Intensity and Electricity

To live a really good low-carbon-emissions-producing life you’ll need plenty of low-carbon electricity. But how carbon intensive your electricity is at the moment is what ends up dictating the benefits of things like going solar or getting an electric car.[read more]

Prepare for High Energy Growth, Climate Experts Warn

Many world leaders continue to be in deep denial about how rapidly energy consumption is rising, and what the implications are for global warming. We can expect a tripling of global energy consumption if the whole world achieves Germany's highly efficient levels.[read more]

High-Efficiency Planet

Dramatic increases in energy efficiency historically have allowed for cheaper energy services, and rather than reducing the amount of energy people used, these improvements increased energy consumption. As such, consumers play an important role in energy transitions.[read more]

Decoupling: A New Ecomodernist Paradigm for Humans and Nature

July 9, 2014 by Kirsty Gogan

A New Paradig

I’ve just returned from an enlightening Dialogue meeting run by the Breakthrough Institute in Sausalito, California. Winner of the event’s ‘paradigm prize’ was Jesse H. Ausubel. His research shows that modern economies have lightened their diet in terms of energy, water, land and materials consumption.[read more]

Increasing Carbon Intensity of Global Energy Consumption

June 19, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Energy Carbon Intensity

I have been continuing to look at the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, which was released earlier this week. It is a wonderful resource, kudos to BP. The report includes a graph showing the carbon intensity of global energy consumption from 1965 to 2013.[read more]

Treading Water

June 17, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Transition Stagnation

The proportion of overall carbon-free energy consumption is generally a far more important metric of energy transition progress with respect to the challenge of stabilizing the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere than looking at carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

Electric Slide: A Look at U.S. Energy Consumption by Sector

May 22, 2014 by Patrick Gerald

US Energy Consumption by Sector

Since the 20th century, electricity generated from coal, natural gas, and petroleum has been held in high regard. This is because utility companies have been able to keep prices in check. In the 21st century however, America has seen the price of petroleum based energy increase rapidly.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and the Global Environmental Crisis

April 29, 2014 by Steven Cohen

In a series of discussions on Earth Day, I found myself returning to two 1970s reports: 'The Limits to Growth' and 'Mankind at the Turning Point.' While weak on policy design, they did a good job describing the interconnected set of problems that remain at the heart of the world's environmental crisis.[read more]


Do Renewables Lower Energy Consumption?

February 18, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Renewables and Energy Consumption

If a coal power plant is closed and replaced by a wind farm and that wind farm produces the same amount of electricity, what happens to energy consumption? Depending on the coal power plant, and how you define energy consumption it could do anything from stay the same to falling by a factor of three.[read more]

Sustainability: How Humans' Economy Differs from Natures'

November 5, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Human Nature and Energy Consumption

A few years ago, I had an ah-ha moment when it comes to what we as humans would need to do to live in a sustainable manner. It is very easy. All we have to do is leave our homes, take off all of our clothes, and learn to live on the raw food we are able to gather with our own hands.[read more]

Population Growth: Addressing the Real Problem

October 2, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Population Growth

Getting people to produce fewer babies - they already are - is a far less important challenge than getting them to consume and produce energy more rationally. It is time we worried more about rich people driving luxury cars than poor people having more babies.[read more]


Which Federal Regulations Can Best Reduce Petroleum Consumption and Carbon Emissions?

September 4, 2013 by John Miller

Regulation and Fuel Consumption

Many individuals advocate carbon taxes or cap-and-trade as the ultimate solution to reducing fossil fuels. Could the U.S. more effectively reduced its future petroleum consumption and associated carbon emissions by expanding existing regulations?[read more]

Whose Carbon is America Burning?

September 2, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

American Carbon Consumption


In 2007 US carbon emissions peaked at roughly 6,029 Mt. We know a lot a how these emissions are generated, and why they have declined since then. But few of us who consume the carbon realize where the resources actually come from.[read more]


Are the Government’s International Energy Outlook Projections Too Conservative?

August 6, 2013 by John Miller

International Energy Outlook 2013

The EIA recently published a projection of future international energy balances, which indicates global fossil fuels consumption will continue to grow at substantially higher rates then renewables. Is this recent IEO 2013 analysis and forecast overly conservative?[read more]

Lowering Energy Consumption in Extreme Temperatures

July 11, 2013 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

Very low energy houses are better suited to cold climates; they consume 50% less than standard buildings and can be efficient, attractive alternatives to traditional housing, and can be achieved in cold climates through careful design.[read more]