Over at Real Climate Economics, ACEEE’s Director of Economic and Social Analysis, Skip Laitner shares some thoughts about energy intensity and Rio+20:
Twenty years ago the United Nations convened what was called the Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. It was also known variously as the Rio Summit, the Rio Conference, and the Earth Summit. While there was advancement on several environmental fronts, a number of critics suggested that significant progress, both during and following the 1992 Earth Summit, was derailed by what has been called the North-South divide; in effect, the serious economic differences between the rich industrial nations and the many developing countries.
I might suggest, in fact, that progress was held up more by failure to read and understand the energy intensity index. We can think of this as a connection between environmental quality and the huge inefficiencies with which we use energy, water and other natural resources…
To continue reading visit Skip Laitner’s blog “Desert Year” at Real Climate Economics.