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Progress Blocking Myths about Climate Change

December 3rd, 2010

The UK paper The Guardian carried a great article by Vinod Thomas, director-general, evaluation, World Bank Group, and Kenneth Chomitz, a senior adviser with the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank, with the byline of highlighting the barriers to the Cancun Climate Change summit to progress to action.

Often these “Myths” are used to falter and slow down climate change actions and laws.

Please enjoy the article and consider the impact those in the energy saving industry can in the battle against climate change.

Four myths that hold back progress in fighting climate change

Myth No 1: Energy efficiency can’t meet energy needs

Energy efficiency doesn’t get enough respect. “You can’t grow with energy efficiency,” say fans of flashy new power plants, “and you can’t provide energy access to the poor.” Untrue, because people don’t really care about energy, but rather about the light, heat, and transport that it animates. Energy efficiency can provide these services cheaper, faster, and with less environmental damage than new generation.

Indeed, we find that many kinds of energy efficiency offer economic returns that dwarf those of most other development projects. In Ethiopia, for instance, a $5m scheme to distribute compact fluorescent light bulbs obviated the need to spend $100m to lease and fuel diesel power plants. Vietnam, too, has met rapidly growing demand for energy in part through efficiency investments. Promoting energy efficiency right now helps defer the need to build long-lived fossil fuel plants, buying time for wind and solar power to become more cost-competitive.

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