March 27, 2012

Does the Prius Actually Save Gas? Yes and No

Brad Plumer, Washington Post

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There’s a long-standing debate among energy wonks over what’s known as the “rebound effect.” The idea, simply put, is that trying to boost energy efficiency might prove counterproductive if people just take advantage of the savings by using even more energy. So, for example, if a person buys a Prius, there’s a possibility that he or she could just negate much of the fuel savings by driving more.

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Good Job! America Curbs It's Energy Appetite
John Upton, Grist
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