Thomas L. Friedman: Flush With Energy

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:13

I read an interesting article from Thomas Friedman in The New York Times this week called "Flush With Energy." In this article, Friedman describes how Denmark became a zero energy import country.

It's amazing that the government in Denmark have created an entire industry revolving around energy efficiency and gets 20% of its energy from wind (It helps that they live on the North Sea). Friedman goes on to describe how they accomplished their energy independence, saying, “But despite that, Danes imposed on themselves a set of gasoline taxes, CO2 taxes and building-and-appliance efficiency standards that allowed them to grow their economy — while barely growing their energy consumption — and gave birth to a Danish clean-power industry that is one of the most competitive in the world today.” It's amazing.

The question I have to ask, and we ponder every day, is what will it take for America to get serious about our own energy independence? What do you think? What will it take? Can we raise our standards regarding building energy efficiency? Something to think about.