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Energy Use: The Human Dimension

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W.H. Freeman and Co., New York, NY (1984)



energy efficiency


By putting energy in its human context, this report generates new policy options for solving specific energy problems and new approaches to energy policy. The report demonstrates that it is impossible to make effective energy policy without understanding the continuing social conflict over the nature of energy and the noneconomic factors that influence its use. The conclusions drawn from the report emphasize the importance of seeing energy problems and solutions in terms of social systems rather than single causes, of designing energy systems for adaptability as an alternative to detailed planning, and of treating energy policies and program as the social experiments they are.