Deceitful Studies

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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Nothing to Fear, Chapter 14, An Impossible Objective, explains why it’s impossible to cut CO2 emissions 80% without destroying America’s standard of living.

Nothing to Fear is available from Amazon and some independent book sellers.

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Book Cover, Nothing to Fear
Book Cover, Nothing to Fear

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