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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Energy use per capita vs. "standard of living"

Graph from the Franklin Institute: Great analysis of energy usage versus "Standard of Living" (as measured by the United Nations' "Human Development Index").
A true analysis of this graph would begin with an analysis of the HDI to determine whether it is a good measure of "standard of living" or not. I don't have the time at the moment do to so, but think the graph indicates a very interesting trend. It would appear that even though the U.S. uses more energy per capita than Japan (WHAT? I thought they were even more into electronic gadgets than us!), our HDI is virtually identical.
It's also a little shocking to see that Canada actually uses more energy per capita than the U.S.



At 9:43 PM, Blogger Ramon said...

It is clear that the US probably wastes a lot more energy that Japan. I'm sure their population density and such factors encourage them to be more energy efficient.

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At 2:25 PM, Blogger Emmett said...

Canada suffers from some of the same problems we have in the American west, things are very far apart.

And to listen to the Canadian snowbirds we get down here in the winter, it is a bit colder.

So lower population density and higher heating costs over a longer period.

Shocking to find that not ALL energy use is the result of profligate and wasteful ways, frequently people are just trying to survive.


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