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Editorial: Arthurian Legend Meets Climate Constraints

July/August 2006
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2006 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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July 01, 2006
        On April 28, I attended a remarkable event at the University of California Berkeley campus honoring the energy efficiency achievements and sheer endurance of Dr.Arthur Rosenfeld on the occasion of his 80th birthday. I was both humbled and inspired as the nation’s leading thinkers in the energy and climate fields—John Holdren, Rob Socolow, Stephen Schneider, and many others—celebrated the Rosenfeld Effect and the many efficiency successes that Art has helped to launch. Building efficiency standards, low-e windows, electronic ballasts, CFLs—all of these amazing achievements owe at least part of their success to Art and the work that Home Energy’s readers have done to help them succeed in the marketplace.         But an unmistakable undercurrent ran through most of the talks.What we have achieved is wonderful and absolutely necessary, but it is not sufficient— not by a country mile. Energy efficiency successes so far have prevented new power plants from being built and stabilized utility bills, but they do not come close to addressing the magnitude of the climate change challenge that we face. Staying the course of ...

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