Heartland Consumer Power District honcho Mike McDowell, who blogs mostly to tout his own organization and rub environmentalists noses in the dirt, notes that the United States stinks at energy efficiency. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy finds that we rank ninth in energy efficiency, behind the UK, Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Australia, the European Union as a whole, and even China.
Each American consumes the equivalent of 4.7 tons of oil each year to keep warm, get around, enjoy plastics, etc. Each Brit uses 2.1 tons of oil each year.
Asking Americans to use less energy isn't a plot to reduce their quality of life or subject them to U.N. control. It's Daugaardian self-reliance... and a recipe for economic competitiveness with our efficiency-minded global neighbors:
In the last decade, the country has made "limited or little progress toward greater efficiency," according to the report. Unlike many other nations, the U.S. has yet to set a national energy savings goal &ndash resulting instead in a hodgepodge of state standards.
"The U.K. and the leading economies of Europe are now well ahead of the United States when it comes to energy efficiency," said ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel. "This is significant because countries that use energy more efficiently require fewer resources to achieve the same goals, thus reducing costs, preserving valuable natural resources, and creating jobs" [Tiffany Hsu, "U.S. Wastes More Energy Than Europe, China," Los Angeles Times, 2012.07.12].
Ride that bike, dial that AC back a degree, spend a bit more for that thicker insulation.