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Massachusetts boosts energy efficiency

By Juliet Eilperin

Massachusetts launched the nation's most ambitious energy-savings plan Friday, with the state's Department of Public Utilities calling on electric and gas utilities to invest about $2.2 billion in efficiency measures over the next three years.

The plan--which will be financed in part by revenues generated by the Northeast greenhouse gas emissions trading program, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative--means that Massachusetts could become three times more energy efficient per capita than other states.

"The scale of it is beyond the scale of what anyone else in the country is doing," said Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles in an interview.

By cutting electricity use 2.4 percent per year, Bowles said, Massachusetts would meet nearly 30 percent of its electricity needs by 2020 through improved energy efficiency.

Energy-efficiency advocates hailed the move. Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, said the measure proves "there is still an enormous reservoir within our state and communities for leading the way toward a clean and efficient, low-carbon energy future."

And Sam Krasnow, a policy advocate and attorney for Environment Northeast, said the initiative "will produce unparalleled savings to fuel business competitiveness and put billions back in consumers' pockets to re-invest in other parts of our economy."


Juliet Eilperin

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Ms. Eilperin has made it clear that she does not intend to engage with the correspondents to this page. I believe that it demonstrates that she feels competent only to quote the specious claims of her favorite six sigma activist groups, i.e. Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute (WRI), Greenpeace et al., but is unable to venture beyond the bounds of those statements to defend them against legitimate criticism.

For example, WRI reports with horror that the US emits 25% of anthropogenic carbon dioxide. They never mention that the US is the most carbon efficient economy (CO2 per unit GDP) on earth. Nor do they tell us that the US economy is about 25% of the worldwide economy. They also fail to mention that the US emissions represent about 1% of the total carbon dioxide emissions (96% natural and 4% anthropogenic).

When I look on the World Resources Institute website for information about the three authors of the CAIT of which Ms. Eilperin is so proud, I can find biographical information about only one of the three listed authors, Kevin A. Baumert, Tim Herzog and Matthew Markoff. Mr. Herzog has a Master’s degree in public policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University in Minnesota. Does that sound like a solid scientific education to anyone?

Ms. Eilperin either does not know those things or lacks the technical capacity to discuss them cogently. In either case, she reveals herself as a reporter who lacks the ability or will to consider and evaluate the accuracy of the activists that she quotes liberally. What has happened to objectivity in the mainstream media? Where are the reporters who seek confirmation and balance in their reporting? When did most of the mainstream media abandon objectivity and sink into activism?

Posted by: snorbertzangox | February 1, 2010 12:52 PM
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Between its government-facilitated universal health care, forward-thinking on marriage equality, and now this eminently responsible act, Massachusetts is a model for what the rest of America will be when it grows up. Kudos to them!

Posted by: B2O2 | January 31, 2010 2:48 PM
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