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E-M:/ re: E-M: new energy efficiency code proposed
- Subject: E-M:/ re: E-M: new energy efficiency code proposed
- From: "Jim Fackert" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 06:22:14 -0500
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "Jim Fackert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It is nice to dream of free market forces working efficiently
in the energy arena. Unfortunately, subsidies, lobbyists, and powerful entities
with vested interests have manipulated and controlled the market in all areas to
such an extent that it is distorted beyond any recognition of a
"natural"or free system. Some examples that readily come to mind
are the nuclear power industry which was all but destroyed by it's own
focus on the external economic and technological influence of the nuclear weapon
industry and the auto industry which has been dragged
kicking and screaming into building the higher efficiency and better performing
and safer cars which it repeatedly has claimed were impossible to build, and
then has proceeded to build when standards were raised and when foreign
competition has practically stolen the market. Where would the Big Three
be now if they had LISTENED to the folks who argued that gas wasn't always going
to cost a quarter a gallon, and that people wouldn't want to drive cars when
they couldn't breath their air because of them? A ten to twenty year jump
on the market, instead of a ten to twenty year slip, would have been an
incredible market advantage. (But did they learn?
Absurdly artificially cheap energy in the US has
distorted the market so much that we waste unbelievable amounts of it, in
spite of the many opportunities to be more efficient AND more comfortable and
with less long term environmental degradation!
I don't think standards should dictate how many windows a guy
should have... but window manufacturers should be required to make GOOD windows
that save energy so we can have our cake and eat it too! And home builders
should be required to make even low cost homes well insulated so they pay back
their additional cost and return on investment faster than a 1998 mutual
I fear that the "next energy crisis" is being
delayed artificially for so long that when it breaks its bonds, we will have a
hard time recovering from the backlash.
Free market only works if information and resources are
Incidentally, I would argue that the free availability of
information is the greatest force for good in this century... and that knowledge is more powerful than money, in the long
run. People WILL do the right thing if they know the facts.
Unfortunately, those in power tend to distort the truth to
remain in power when natural or market forces would remove them.
Fortunately, environmentalists are learning fast how to see the lies, find
out and reveal the truth and play the regulation and standards game which was
created long before we were forced to use it.
"The cost of freedom is eternal vigilance"
and, I would add, eternal activism.
Jim (who is writing this before work) Fackert
(his self, no big megaenvironmental action group supporting