The Short List: The Most Effective Actions U.S. Households Can Take to Curb Climate Change

Posted by Trish Riley, February 7, 2010

A long article about a short list of things citizens can do to reduce personal energy usage and emissions – thanks to Paula G. for sharing with us:

The U.S. Congress, presidential candidates, lobbyists, and political commentators have focused much of their attention lately on the need for policies to limit the United States’ contribution to climate change. They promote and debate cap-and-trade systems, stricter automobile fuel economy standards, investments in renewable energy and “clean coal,” and other policies to change the behavior of energy and manufacturing corporations.

U.S. households account for about 38 percent of national carbon emissions through their direct actions, a level of emissions greater than that of any entire country except China and larger than the entire U.S. industrial sector.2 By changing their selection and use of household and motor vehicle technologies, without waiting for new technologies to appear, making major economic sacrifices, or losing a sense of well-being, households can reduce energy consumption by almost 30 percent—about 11 percent of total U.S. consumption.

via Environment Magazine – The Short List: The Most Effective Actions U.S. Households Can Take to Curb Climate Change.

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