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The Washington Post's Wonkblog looks at how efforts to increase energy efficiency can run into complex challenges in the real world. "One recent study of Mexico, for instance, found that a government program to help people to upgrade their refrigerators with energy-saving models really did curtail electricity use. However, a similar program for air conditioners had the opposite effect—when people got sleeker A/C units, they used them more often, and energy use went up." In a recent
Classroom Insights video, Yale Law Professor Douglas Kysar emphasized the importance of building institutions "commensurate with the scale of the problem" to fight climate change—rather than relying on individuals to make different choices.