American economist Robert Pollin talks about energy efficiency and green economy models around the world.
This notion that it’s really hard for us to achieve efficiency gains is completely contradicted by the fact that Germany is running their economy today at twice the efficiency level of the U.S.
One, they’ve had a Green Party for 40 years….Two, they don’t have any oil…. So you don’t have that resistance from the fossil fuel industry.
Then there’s Brazil…. Efficiency is not any big deal. More efficient buildings, transportation system, smaller cars, and more public transportation – that’s all it takes.
In developing countries, in China, in India, in Indonesia, in South Africa, in Brazil… investing in clean energy is a big source of jobs.
For all of them, the only reason it would slow down, would be if it costs more…. As you substitute green energy , the green energy is not going to cost more.
— Robert Pollen