Understanding Energy Efficiency Rebound: Interview with Steven Sorrell

Do not miss this Steven Sorrell interview, which ends with this realistic answer:

Is your experience that policymakers view the whole discussion of rebound as sort of bad news?

The argument that you can boost the economy, reduce energy consumption, reduce emissions, and boost welfare all at the same time is very seductive. If you start raising questions about whether that is really the case, it doesn't go down too well. People react defensively and don't want to hear. You end up with a highly polarized debate that generates more heat than light. It gets in the way of sensible discussion of how important these effects are and what we might do about them. In my experience, this problem is worse in the US than in Europe, but it applies everywhere.

More to come on this important work…