Thursday, May 28, 2009

Recessions and electricity consumption 

Since the end of World War II, global electricity consumption has grown year by year, through good economic times and bad. Until now. That is, perhaps, one graphic measure of the difficulty of current mess.


By Blogger Pyrus, at Thu May 28, 06:37:00 PM:

What's *really* weird about that graph is that it's almost a linear rise. Every driver for electricity consumption that I can think of is growing exponentially (e.g., population, industrialization). Maybe we're getting exponentially more efficient at using electricity...  

By Blogger Foxfier, formerly Sailorette, at Thu May 28, 07:23:00 PM:

I know a lot of places are having very cool summers-- this might make for lower AC use, too.

It is pretty amazing, though.  

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