June 10, 2010
Are we becoming greener?
Saving energy has become more and more popular and is in fact a national priority. Are U.S. consumers and businesses getting the message?
Dr. Mike Walden, North Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, responds:
"We really are. ... If you look at the amount of energy that we need -- that we use to produce a dollar of income in the U.S. -- we've actually been becoming more energy efficient now for 18 straight years. That is to say, the BTUs -- which is the typical measure of energy use -- BTUs per dollar of income is now half -- half -- of what it was in the early 1970s.
"Now certainly, we use more energy today than the early 1970s because our economy is much bigger. We have more gadgets to run. But the point is that each of those gadgets is much more efficient. And so we really have been on this movement to become greener by increasing our energy efficiency, and many think that is really the key to the future -- that if we want to become even greener the real way to do it, the best way to do it, is to become more energy efficient."
Posted by deeshore at June 10, 2010 08:00 AM