Getting real about energy

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We asked local leaders to respond to the presidential debate. Read the whole story here. Carl Nelson of the Green Institute criticized the lack of focus on energy efficiency and conservation.

The candidates spoke very little about energy conservation. We’ve done a lot of work on energy efficiency to help the working poor. We helped to start the Philips Community Energy Coop, which helps the poor and working class in Philips by using energy efficient appliances. So within the realm of energy that’s one major impact you can have on people: lower their energy bills. Another place is transit. That has a huge impact on the working poor, so they can have access to jobs and employment opportunities. But the candidates didn’t really talk about that.

I think this is true in general. People focus on energy sources when we need to focus on energy efficiency.