Thursday, December 11, 2008
He gets it
This is Obama's pick for Secretary of the Department of Energy? Awesome. The Lawrence Berkely Lab is a world leader in green energy, but also energy efficiency, which is the best bang for the buck in the first stages of any emissions reduction campaign. Plenty of green wonks out there would rather forget about efficiency because it's too unsexy, but I've said for years that we could probably get our emissions down 50% on efficiency alone. The $6-8 grand windows and insulation and new heat system retrofit on this old farmhouse, for instance, got emissions down 80%.
I've been using the LBL product "Home Energy Saver" for years in class and in energy audits. And the Nanosolar link is spot on.
What a great pick. And pithy too. No wishy-washy New-Agey "let's just be nice to everyone" character here.
The coal and oil dinosaurs will have a serious opponent in Dr. Chu.