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2011: The Most Energy-Efficient Year in History

ca7 Wrote: Apr 02, 2012 4:20 PM
"Real investments in the private sector have led to actual innovations in technology, which in turn have lead to greater efficiency -- and, more so than anything else, efficiency is what's going to lead to a stable energy future. No, not algae-powered cars or EPA regulations or taxpayer-funded windmills, just plain ol' efficiency, brought to you courtesy of free enterprise." Do you have any citations that show this increase in efficiency is simply due to free enterprise and the private sector? How do you know the increase in efficiency has nothing to do with EPA regulations? Also, way to site a government funded office (Energy Information Administration) for your data. Were there no private sources of this info available?
renny4 Wrote: Apr 02, 2012 5:10 PM
EPA regulations strangle industries and do not lead to innovation and efficiency. And, if you are convinced so,name one that does.

I can name slant drilling, shale fracturing, and better welding techniques that have improved both oil and nat. gas drilling that surely do not come from the brain of any gov. drone.
ca7 Wrote: Apr 02, 2012 5:18 PM
I made no claims either way. My mind is open on this but I'm certainly not going to take Johnson at her word without any proof.

I'm asking for sources to back Johnson's claim that the increased efficiency is due to private enterprise and not government regulations. She (and the links she provided) offered no evidence that the private sector is solely responsible for the increase of efficiency and no evidence that environmental regulations are not responsible for the increase of efficiency.

It pains me when President Obama throws around terms like "innovation," "investment," and "efficiency." The way he uses and abuses these words, he makes it sound as if the institution of government (rather than the hard work of brilliant and self-interested individuals) is somehow responsible for the many conveniences of the modern age, and that we wouldn't be able to survive unless the government was interfering in the economy on behalf of the public good. The president is very wrong.

To an equally painful degree, environmentalist doomsayers are wont to hopelessly bemoan how we consume far too much costly...