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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

Why is the GOP Fighting a $1 Trillion Savings Plan?

Posted January 21, 2016 by David Goldstein

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Federal energy efficiency standards have saved consumers and businesses billions of dollars over the past 30 years, and are on track to save $1.8 trillion by 2035. The savings are increasing practically by the month as the Department of Energy...continued

Surprise (Or Not): Saving Energy Saves Energy

Posted January 14, 2016 by David Goldstein

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Co-authored by Sierra Martinez, NRDC Stanford and Berkeley researchers recently found that energy-saving devices, like more efficient electrical appliances and better insulated homes and businesses, actually do save us energy. You might be asking - as I often do --...continued

How Do Low Oil Prices Affect Consumption and Climate Emissions?

Posted January 13, 2016 by David Goldstein

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Second in a two-part series Low oil prices make many environmentally troublesome oil drilling and oil pipeline projects infeasible as business ventures, but they do not overly encourage consumption of oil, and hardly affect efficiency at all. Here's why: Price...continued

How Low Oil Prices Can Be Good for the Environment

Posted January 12, 2016 by David Goldstein

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First in a two-part series Over the past year and a half, oil prices have declined from over $100 a barrel to less than $35 a barrel. Should environmentalists be worried that this will cause people to turn away from...continued

Building Energy Codes in 2015: A Foundation of Cutting Climate Pollution

Posted December 22, 2015 by David Goldstein

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Part of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2015 Energy Developments The Paris climate talks gave strong impetus to the world's determination to curtail climate pollution through policies that create jobs and economic growth while simultaneously cutting emissions. While they may be...continued

Saving Energy in the Supply Chain

Posted August 24, 2015 by David Goldstein

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How much energy can we save through efficiency? This question has been addressed in dozens of national or international-level energy studies since before 1980. Some well-known examples of studies that quantify the efficiency potential are those by the National Academy...continued

Carbon Fees are Not the Best Solution to Climate Pollution

Posted August 17, 2015 by David Goldstein

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Several prominent articles this year that have taken a position against energy efficiency have attracted enough press attention to require formal refutations, which you can find here and here and here and here. But these articles all have something in...continued

The Importance of Pedestrian Friendliness: A Photo Essay

Posted June 26, 2015 by David Goldstein

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While I live in the most location efficient neighborhood west of the Hudson and thus haven't owned a car since 1986, I still need to drive one from time to time. So I still need a drivers' license. It has...continued

Progress Toward an International Standard for Evaluating Consumer Satisfaction with Utilities

Posted June 19, 2015 by David Goldstein

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A proposal to establish an international standard for consumer satisfaction with energy service providers, such as utilities, has moved one step closer to reality. Such a standard could lead to continual improvement in their effectiveness in providing clean energy. Clean...continued

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


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