Use Statistical Probabilities to Calculate Climate Change Decisions

In the majority of cases, sound energy management practices are more than justified by their reliability, costs and risk-mitigation value to a business. Significant competitive advantages accrue to companies with a sustained focus on energy productivity. Generally these same companies also achieve significant reductions in energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, commonly called the carbon footprint.

Rather than just treat emission reductions as a desirable outcome of economic and reliability benefits, this aspect should be addressed as a goal in its own right. In recent years, the climate change debate in the United States has become so polarized between “believers” and “non-believers” that it sometimes feels more like a discussion of religious beliefs rather than an assessment of scientific data. This fault line has more recently taken on a political flavor as evidenced by the changing positions of members of all political parties.

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