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  Texas Oil Guy Explains Conservation Correctly
April 17, 2009, by Steven Stoft
Global liquids production daily is around 85 million barrels, and consumers have the ability to impact decision-making anywhere from 5 million to 25 million barrels per day. That’s quite a capability to impact global prices. more >>

  Wind—More Carbon, Fewer Jobs and Less Fair ...
March 28, 2009, by Steven Stoft
... compared to conservation. More wind turbines or more insulation—which is best? I've always loved cool new technology. But that's no excuse for more wind subsidies.
Consider three factors, carbon saved, jobs created, and who pays. Every study I've read, and that's lot, says you save more carbon per dollar with good weatherization and insulation than with wind. So, for the climate's sake, insulate. Next, building retrofits are low-tech and low capital. So they create more jobs for those who need them most.
Finally, the national renewable electricity standard is going to force utilities to buy more wind power. That's expensive, and they will pass the cost through. The poor will see a bigger cost increase relative to their income than the rich. So this is essentially a regressive tax. Here's a good article about this: NYTs
compact flourescent
They've been perfected. The same size and color as regular bulbs, they use about 1/4 as much electricity, last much longer; and they're cool. They last so long that one $5 bulb can save you up to $70 (or more if your electricity costs more than average). Here's the cheapest, easiest way to buy some.
Energy conservation: it works
Conservation is generally underrated because it’s a slow process. The price goes up, and the newspaper says “people are driving just as must.” Of course, but give them time to adjust. The adjustment to the 1974--1980 oil price hike was enormous. Without it we would be using almost twice as much oil today. Every conservation program is like this.

Conservation is not, as some think, bad for business. We spend a little more, not less, on fuel efficient cars and refrigerators. It’s a matter of paying more for good produced at home, so we can pay less for foreign fossil fuel.

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