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David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco

David Goldstein

David B. Goldstein has worked on energy efficiency and energy policy since the 1970s. 

Dr. Goldstein has been instrumental in the development of energy efficiency standards for new buildings and appliances currently in effect at the regional and national level in the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. 

David B. Goldstein received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the recipient of its Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002 and the California Alumni Association’s 2003 Award for Excellence in Achievement.

Recent Posts

A Standard for Consumer Satisfaction with Utilities from ISO, Which Believes Standards Help Make the Free Market Economy Work

Posted May 27, 2015 by David Goldstein

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Are you satisfied with your utility? Does it offer you help to reduce your bill and buy clean energy, or does it make things difficult for you? Are you paying less every month than comparable families or businesses? These are...continued

"Merchants of Doubt": More than just a movie review--a challenge to conservatives on climate change

Posted April 20, 2015 by David Goldstein

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I don't see a lot of movies, except on airplanes, and "Merchants of Doubt" is not the kind of movie that airlines like to show. The film documents how climate change deniers twist the truth and cast doubt on theories...continued

Does Every Car Need 8 Parking Spaces? Ride-Sharing Can Save Emissions by Reducing Parking, Too

Posted March 9, 2015 by David Goldstein

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What does attending the recent LiveRideShare conference in Los Angeles have in common with developing a paper on supply chain energy for an industrial energy efficiency conference? More than you think - and it all comes down to how shared...continued

How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save?: How to Misuse Statistics

Posted March 3, 2015 by David Goldstein

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Statistical analysis can be a valuable tool for investigating scientific truth, but it is easy to abuse, as Mark Twain pointed out over a century ago when he talked about "lies, damned lies, and statistics". Arik Levinson recently published a...continued

Can it be cheap and easy to solve the climate problem? Yes!

Posted January 30, 2015 by David Goldstein

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Some news outlets this week have been discussing perceived challenges to meeting a serious climate change prevention goal. The concerns focus on: 1) the credibility of technology studies that show how we can solve the problem at low (or...continued

Invisible Energy: Energy Efficiency is Helping the Economy

Posted January 9, 2015 by David Goldstein

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This week Paul Krugman writes: "Suddenly, or so it seems, the U.S. economy is looking better... at this point the signs of improvement -- job gains, rapidly growing G.D.P., rising public confidence -- are unmistakable..." Krugman offers his assessment to...continued

Imagining Zero Carbon

Posted October 15, 2014 by David Goldstein

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NRDC President  Frances Beinecke’s book sets forth a goal of net-zero climate pollution in our lifetime. As Frances and I are both in our 60s, that implies we need to get there quickly. Here is why this ambitious goal is necessary:...continued

Efficiency Really Works!

Posted October 9, 2014 by David Goldstein

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The very week of the announcement that the researchers who helped create energy –efficient LED lighting received the Nobel Prize, two nay-sayers on efficiency find a forum in the New York Times to express their poorly-reasoned doubts . Michael Shellenberger...continued

Old News in New Bottles: Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will HELP Our Economy

Posted October 8, 2014 by David Goldstein

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It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held. Eduardo Porter, a former editorial...continued

Why is the Economy Still Weak? Blame Lending Policy that Ignores Efficiency!

Posted August 5, 2014 by David Goldstein

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Bill Irwin of the New York Times asks “Why is the economy still weak?” and blames five underperforming sectors. Housing is not only his leading culprit, but he claims that it exacerbates the weakness of the second-worst sector—durable goods consumption...continued

Why Isn't America Doing More to Reinvigorate Housing By Supporting Energy & Location Efficient New Homes?

Posted June 13, 2014 by David Goldstein

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The nation’s housing markets remain depressed. If most everyone agrees that reinvigorating construction is an important goal, why aren’t we aggressively pursuing it? This blog shows how America can reignite the housing market: by reforming mortgage underwriting rules to make...continued

A Creative New Approach to Saving Energy: Having Small and Medium-Sized Cities Compete

Posted April 23, 2014 by David Goldstein

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Over the years, NRDC has worked on a variety of policies to promote energy efficiency, recognizing that there is no silver bullet that will solve all of our energy efficiency problems at once. NRDC’s efforts have focused on getting energy-saving...continued

Protecting the Environment By Reducing Regulatory Burden

Posted September 27, 2013 by David Goldstein

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Protecting the environment often requires reforming how business is regulated by government. In some cases, this requires increased regulation. But this blog describes a major example of how it can go the other way. We all want smarter land use...continued

Home Mortgage Lending Reforms Needed to Spark Construction

Posted September 18, 2013 by David Goldstein

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The government’s announcement that housing starts were disappointing for the second month in a row is not only a substantial economic problem, it’s also a significant environmental one. Let me explain: This is an economic problem because, as the New York...continued

New Energy Code Proposal Could Save Consumers Billions...and Offer Flexibility and Simpler Compliance for Builders

Posted August 21, 2013 by David Goldstein

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NRDC and our allies at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are proposing a change to the 2015 national model residential energy code that, for the first time ever, brings the nation’s largest homebuilders together with energy efficiency advocates in...continued

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