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This book deserves widespread attention for its new arguments about how energy costs affect economic growth. Robert U. Ayres and Edward H. Ayres dispel dominant energy and economic myths. They espouse making better use of existing energy until alternatives become available in about 50 years’ time. The authors’ simple proposal is cheap to implement, and modeled on existing projects now underway worldwide. While the text can be repetitive, the book challenges conventional wisdom, and identifies the regulatory and policy impediments that hinder the implementation of new approaches. getAbstract recommends this book to those seeking to recharge the discussion about energy conservation, and to Americans who want to accelerate the U.S.’s energy independence.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How energy efficiency affects economic growth,
  • How to improve energy efficiency and
  • Why companies aren’t becoming energy efficient.

About the Authors

Robert U. Ayres is Emeritus Professor of Economics, Political Science and Technology Management at INSEAD. He founded the Centre for the Management of Environmental Resources. Edward H. Ayres wrote God’s Last Offer: Negotiating for a Sustainable Future.



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