N. America energy consumption vs. W. Europe

People in the United States and Canada consume 2.4 times as much energy at home as those in Western Europe1. This makes me wonder why the US seems to be the slowest in adopting and enforcing the tighter energy codes. Why does an obvious energy saver such as KoolDuct get turned a blinding eye from those interested in cutting energy cost? We know that its a tried and true technology. Even in the middle east, 50 percent of new construction is insulated foam board. And, why do we as a country complain about energy cost when we do nothing to reduce global and even local demand?

1. Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2004 Special Focus: The Consumer Society, January 2004,I SBN: 0-393-32539-3

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