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Saving Energy, Growing Jobs

David Goldstein, co-director of NRDC’s Energy Program and MacArthur Fellow, has published a new book, "Saving Energy, Growing Jobs: How Environmental Protection Promotes Economic Growth, Profitability, Innovation and Competition." This month, he led E2 focus briefings in New York and Cambridge to announce the book. In his talk, David emphasized the important role well-designed environmental policies have in enhancing economic development, creating jobs and providing guidance to the marketplace. David cited examples from his decades-long work on energy efficiency at NRDC, as well as his recent experience with remodeling his home kitchen, to show that energy efficiency is the cheapest, fastest, and easiest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on fossil fuels. From his analysis, David also showed how early energy regulations, such as the building and appliance efficiency standards set forth in California in the late 70’s and early 80’s, have helped lower that state’s energy demand, while the national average edged upwards. Lastly, he stressed the importance of passing strong federal energy policy and shared his perspective on the current energy bill debate in Congress.

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