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Benjamin ok. Sovacool applies strategies from justice and ethics concept to modern strength difficulties, and illustrates specific options to these issues of examples and case reports from round the world.

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Chapter Three on “Affordability and Fuel Poverty in England” documents how millions of homes around the world suffer from “fuel poverty,” commonly defined as the necessity to spend more than ten percent of their income paying energy bills. The chapter discusses how home energy efficiency schemes, such as those that pay to weatherize doors and windows, install insulation, and give free energy audits, can significantly reduce the prevalence of fuel poverty. 3 million “fuel-poor” British homes receive energy efficiency upgrades to save them money and improve their overall health.

In 2000, trade alone accounted for 15 percent of global economic activity, most of it through diesel-powered trains, trucks, and tankers. The rise of the coveted automobile is often characterized as one of the great achievements of the twentieth century. 26 These automotive engineering feats were enhanced by the creation of interstate highway systems and urban infrastructure that have offered many people unprecedented mobility. 27 These roads require $200 million of maintenance per day, and constitute a paved area equal to all arable land in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

Energy-efficiency measures have shorter lead times, need lower capital requirements, and offer consumers and utilities quick returns on investment compared with building conventional 22 Energy & Ethics power plants, new oil and gas fields, and coal mines. Energy-efficiency technologies can improve load factors, increase cash flows, lower capital expenditure, and minimize financial risk associated with excess generating and transmission capacity. To those who scoff at these ideas, consider that far more severe actions have been taken to promote energy efficiency at other times and in other places.

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