Is the U.S. Really Behind?

by Richard T. Stuebi

It’s somewhat fashionable to bash the United States in terms of its energy/environmental policies and progress. But, is the rest of the world really that far ahead?

This article in Sustainable Facility magazine suggests that maybe Europe isn’t quite as green as it fancies itself to be.

Meanwhile, this story points out that Tokyo citizens — living only a few hundred kilometers from Kyoto itself — aren’t terribly committed to taking actions that will reduce emissions.

I’m certainly not going to dispute that Americans are energy gluttons, and that our current non-position on climate change is untenable. However, before we undertake a fit of self-flaggelation, it’s worth reflecting upon the point that fundamentally solving our environmental and energy challenges is going to be much harder than merely talking about solving the challenges — as perhaps the rest of the world may be finding out all too starkly.

Richard T. Stuebi is the BP Fellow for Energy and Environmental Advancement at The Cleveland Foundation, and is also the Founder and President of NextWave Energy, Inc.

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