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Deceitful Studies

August 5, 2016

Some organizations publish studies purporting to demonstrate why their proposals are good for America, but the studies are based on opinions masquerading as facts.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEE) recently published another study, quoted by the liberal media in Canada and the US, establishing that the US remained behind Germany in energy efficiency.

The ACEEE uses a methodology in their reports that include non-tangible policy issues, such as whether a government has enacted the types of legislation desired by the ACEEE.

Governments adopting these policies rank highly in ACEE studies, while countries that don’t adopt their environmental policies rank poorly.

Yet, these biased studies are used by the media to illustrate how backward the United States is in developing energy programs to cut CO2 emissions.

Germany, for example, as reported in the Canadian Globe and Mail, “Won its top position because it has set targets to reduce energy consumption 50% below the level of 2008 by 2050.”

Once again, ACEEE ranks China ahead of the United States in the ACEE’s overall measurement.

Their earlier studies have also shown the same bias against the United States. See, Calling For Government Mandates.

An interesting comparison is in the category of buildings, where China, with a score of 18, is almost tied with the United States, with a score of 18.5, for energy efficiency of buildings.

Anyone who has visited China knows that this ranking is absurd, if energy alone was the metric.

New apartment buildings in China don’t have heating or air-conditioning and lack elevators below the fifth floor. The government assumes people don’t need heating with temperatures of 40 degrees F since they can put on sweaters or jackets. People also don’t need air-conditioning with temperatures of 95 degrees F, temperatures that are not uncommon in much of China.

Interestingly, people who buy these apartments try to add heating and air-conditioning, as can be seen in this picture. They also hang out their wash on the balconies because they don’t have clothes dryers.

Air-conditioning units and clothes hanging to dry. Photo by Dears

Air-conditioning units and clothes hanging to dry. Photo by Dears

And, these new buildings are a huge improvement over buildings in rural areas that probably have little heating, and virtually no air-conditioning.

It’s also interesting to see how the United States compared with China in other areas, according to the ACEEE.

  • Water efficiency policy: China better than U.S.
  • Energy saving goals: China better than U.S.
  • Energy efficiency spending: China better than U.S.

The ACEEE uses their opinions as to what is important when it comes to energy.

Cost, reliability and availability of energy have no bearing on the ACEEE’s evaluation.

The fact that electricity costs the average German 4 to 5 times as much as the average American is of no import, according to the ACEEE.

While the results determined by the ACEEE are obviously biased and slanted toward eliminating CO2 emissions, the fact that the media promotes the results of these phony studies demonstrates how biased and uncritical the media has become.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2016 9:03 am

    Actually it is becoming ever increasingly evident that the mainstream media is biased and uncritical of anything about _____.. (You can fill in the blank)
    As far as energy goes, if you do not have any electricity or heat, you are quite energy efficient. Africa must be very energy efficient. As far as policy goes, I work at a school that has a high mark for energy efficiency because we have electric charging stations for electric vehicles (that hardly any one uses, I saw one car there once in the past 4 years) and a parking lot dedicated to ride sharing (that is always empty when I am there.).

    • August 5, 2016 9:05 am

      Thanks. It’s difficult to understand why people are taken in by the green machine. A little critical thinking would end this nonsense.

      • August 5, 2016 9:58 am

        Well, in the case of the school I mentioned, they get grant money for it. So it is a “green” machine $ (all they had to do for the parking lot was put up a sign).

  2. Rob Bradley permalink
    August 5, 2016 9:28 am

    This is a very interesting post in an area that has escaped my attention, Donn.

    Could you provide a link to the specific study and stretch out just a bit for a post at MasterResource (add a few quotations from the study to criticize)?

    Really appreciate it (if you have time!)

    Best wishes,

    – Rob

    Robert L. Bradley, Jr.


    • August 5, 2016 9:31 am

      Yes. Will do it, but am traveling so may take me until next week to fill out the article with links.

  3. August 5, 2016 10:00 am

    Lois: Funny, if it wasn’t so tragic.

    • August 5, 2016 10:05 am

      It is for the students who have lost good parking spots (since these green spots are next to the classroom buildings) and now have to waste gasoline driving to parking lots that are much farther away from the main campus. Don’t think that the students don’t notice this. They have complained about it to me.

      • August 5, 2016 10:22 am

        Interesting. It’s probably a good teaching moment.

  4. August 5, 2016 11:12 am

    As Cost, reliability and availability of energy have no bearing on the ACEEE’s evaluation so:

    ■Water efficiency policy: N Korea better than China.
    ■Energy saving goals: N Korea better than China.
    ■Energy efficiency spending: N Korea better than China.
    You can guess the end of this sort of scales.

    • August 5, 2016 5:16 pm

      North Korea was not part of the ACEEE study, so, while your comment may follow the trend, it isn’t evidence of any kind.

    • August 5, 2016 7:47 pm

      Cost, reliability and availability of energy have no bearing on the ACEEE’s evaluation.
      A comparison of the living standards between U.S. and China, is very good thing. What I picked up from your article is that this kind of comparison is deceitful.
      China and North Korea case, could be the secondary result of eclectic ACEEE studies.

      • August 6, 2016 8:11 am

        Thanks for your comments.


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