America’s Energy Efficiency

by Jonah Goldberg

Over at the Enterprise Blog, Steve Hayward  posted this really compelling-yet-humble video showing, well, I’ll let him explain it:

The video below displays the percentage change in GDP and total energy use in the United States from 1970 through 2008. The percentage scale on the vertical axis is a little difficult to make out, but the raw numbers look like this: total energy consumption is up 53 percent during the period, while real GDP increased 209 percent. The result is that U.S. energy efficiency increased 43 percent.


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