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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

04 October 2005

Energy hog?

It took four years to write, negotiate, and pass the Energy Act of 2005. But that’s all history; now comes a public awareness campaign, led by the horrifically ugly “energy hog” who appears at houses that waste energy, to convince Americans to curb their energy appetite. It is a pity that energy waste is still seen in this light—conservation on the margin can be useful but it is just not enough. What is more, such a campaign can only be sustained while the public retains a sense of crisis—which it won’t for too long. But at least, there is recognition that this is silly, which is why you can waste plenty of energy in your home by visiting http://www.energyhog.org/ and beating up the energy hogs.

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