Behavior - Research Article from Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy

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The Long-Term Impacts of Decisions

Energy-use behavior cannot be looked at just in the here and now or in isolation. Americans developed a greater reliance on heat, light, and power than any other nation, primarily due to decisions made by industry, government, and individuals of earlier generations that largely established the patterns for behavior today. Collective choices made long ago have behavioral consequences today, just as collective choices made today will have behavioral consequences for many more years to come.

The high-energy-consumption culture evolved primarily as the automobile became affordable in the 1920s and 1930s, offering tremendous mobility and the possibility of distancing home from work, school, and pleasure. It was then accelerated by the post-World War II federal policies of funding a vast network of highways and offering subsidies (home mortgage and property tax deductions) to make home ownership more affordable. Government policymakers at the time never realized...

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