Our Energy Future
Abundant, clean, safe and affordable energy supplies for 100%
30 to 40% of total energy use is wasted, polluting the environment.
3 billion people live in societies that are without access to enough
energy to meet their needs
Strategy 6: Increasing
doubled between 1950 and 1964. It doubled again between 1964 and
1980. Over the past decade,
energy consumption, particularly in China and other rapidly growing
areas, has continued to rise, depleting fossil fuel supplies while
contributing to local and national pollution and global warming.
inefficient uses of energy waste as much of our depletable energy
sources as provide useful work. In other words, current energy-use
efficiency could be doubled -- without a loss in productivity or standard
of living. New energy-use technologies have proven to be much more
efficient than traditional ones in reducing energy requirements
to perform common tasks. In Japan, where near-total dependence on
foreign oil prompted significant efficiency improvements, oil consumption
decreased since the last oil shocks, even though Japan's economy
has since doubled in size.
programs have reduced energy costs by about twice the amount invested
in energy efficiency, indicating a sizable savings for energy users.
The production and installation of energy-saving devices on a global
scale will also provide employment and valuable skills for large
numbers of people.
an average of $33 billion per year for ten years in improving energy
efficiency, -- through such programs
as weatherization for buildings, heavier use of insulation and other
residential and commercial energy saving devices, state of the art
energy efficient appliances and lighting, as well as energy efficient
industrial processes, and increased automobile fleet mileage to
50 miles per gallon -- would cut in half the total energy needs of
the world while not decreasing the performance or benefits technology
the energy efficiency of the world's buildings, transportation systems,
motors and other uses of energy, society can reduce its dependence
upon fossil fuels, along with their contribution of global warming
gases and their unstable prices, and nuclear energy, with its radioactive
waste, soaring costs, and security, environmental and social risks.
Other benefits include a cleaner environment, more available energy
supplies for the future, more stable energy prices and more energy
at affordable prices for developing regions of the world.
The $33 billion
per year for ten years needed to increase the efficiency of the
world's energy system by almost 100% is about 3.8% of what the US
spends on energy each year, or 4.2% of the world's total annual
military expenditures, or 3.3% of the world's illegal drug trade,
or less than 15% of the subsidies received by US corporations each
year from the government.
What the World Wants Chart