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  •  It is stunning how Conservatives (8+ / 0-)

    can be so opposed to energy conservation. A extra thousand dollars worth of air sealing and insulation in a new home can pay off in just 5 years and save a homeowner that amount many times over in utility savings.

    There should never be a tax benefit for companies that screw over American workers.

    by bear83 on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 08:23:15 AM PST

    •  bear83 - they are not against conservation (1+ / 0-)
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      I have not heard or read anything that suggests that conservatives are against energy conservation. What they object to are laws that require individuals, or businesses, to conserve. In their view, if the economics of conservation are compelling, individuals, or companies, will make rational economic choices and conservation will happen without any government intervention. I don't agree with them that there is no role for regulations, but the key point of their argument is that the market will take care of this over time.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 10:19:33 AM PST

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      •  RE: Conservation (0+ / 0-)

        Unlike the auto market, where the same person buys and operates a car and there is at least some centrality there, the building market does not encourage efficient energy use, because one party builds and designs, another buys or leases, and on down the line.

        •  BWISC - I understand that point (0+ / 0-)

          But the developers, or builders, make judgements about the market they are in and what buyers are looking for. Where I live, in the SF bay area, the builders and developers are creating energy saver homes and that is a big part of their marketing appeal.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 11:58:17 AM PST

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    •  But that won't help the oil (0+ / 0-)

      and natural gas industries. Just like putting in efficient lighting won't help big coal.

      You've got to get your priorities right!

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      by radical simplicity on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 11:07:58 AM PST

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