“Wasting our watts. We don’t need new drilling or new power plants. We need to get efficient”
I advise you to read this paper about America’s Untapped Energy Resource: Boosting Efficiency
“A lot of simple answers are just sitting around waiting for us to execute”. Tom Reddoch, Electric Power Research Institute – EPRI.
This article is giving a good overview of the American situation: the stake is to get “the miracle juice” of what is called “energy efficiency” …. Two basic ways for that: using more efficient machinery & using machinery more efficiently.
regardless what kind of power plant is needed (either nuclear or anything else), I agree with salvia, that energy efficiency is important, but will not be enough to supply our needs.
understanding from few articles that I read, that our energy demand will doubled in 2020, while as the energy efficiency that was proposed by some manufactured by today is only able to save energy by 20-30% max.
so yes, efficiency is greatly needed, but the answer of providing a safe and sufficient powerplant is also need to be implemented.