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2019-03-06 01:05:01

By Jeff Hecht DRILLING for oil and building nuclear power stations, as the Bush administration wants to do, is not the only way to boost US energy supplies, according to a report commissioned by Congress. The study shows that a small investment in energy efficiency research can produce huge returns. Three energy-efficiency programmes costing the government about $11 million yielded nearly $30 billion in economic benefits. Two projects aimed at burning fossil fuel more efficiently and cleanly yielded environmental benefits of over $60 billion. The report, from the National Research Council (NRC),