Smart Policy and Leadership for a Healthy Energy Future

Smart Policy and Leadership for a Healthy Energy Future

Past decisions—made by governments, corporations, and individuals—created today’s energy infrastructure. The considerable money, time, and technology invested in these systems makes changing the infrastructure difficult, but not impossible. The decisions of one generation set the range of possibilities open to future generations.

As individuals and societies make energy decisions, they consider the costs and benefits of each decision. Some costs and benefits are more obvious than others. Identifying all costs and benefits requires a careful and informed systems-based approach to decision-making.

Products and services carry with them energy costs that we don’t pay directly. These costs are often paid by those least able to afford it—wildlife, the environment, underprivileged populations, and future generations.

Lesson Take Away: 

Energy decisions made in the past created today’s energy infrastructure. These decisions set the range of possibilities open to the future generations. Identifying the costs and benefits— even the less obvious ones—of each energy decision requires a careful and informed systems-based approach to decision-making.

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Last Updated: December 20, 2018
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