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Arthur H. Rosenfeld
(22 Jun 1926 - 27 Jan 2017)

American physicist who was prompted by the Arab oil embargo of 1973 to scrutinize energy conservation. He began a career developing energy-saving standards and became known as the “father of energy efficiency.”


Science Quotes by Arthur H. Rosenfeld (5 quotes)

Abroad, energy efficiency was a respectable form of engineering. Whereas Americans largely purchased by least “first cost,” Europeans understood and operated under the concept of “life cycle cost.”
— Arthur H. Rosenfeld
An early insight at a 1974 summer study at Princeton, on efficient use of energy, with experts in buildings, industry, transportation, and utilities. In 'The Art of Energy Efficiency: Protecting the Environment with Better Technology', Annual Review of Energy and the Environment (Nov 1999), 24, 37.
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If we Americans used energy as efficiently as do the Europeans or Japanese, we would have been exporting oil in 1973, so OPEC would have posed little threat to the U.S. economy.
— Arthur H. Rosenfeld
In 'The Art of Energy Efficiency: Protecting the Environment with Better Technology', Annual Review of Energy and the Environment (Nov 1999), 24, 37.
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It took us only a few days to understand why we in the United States used so much energy; oil and gas were as cheap as dirt or water, and so they were treated like dirt or water.
— Arthur H. Rosenfeld
An early insight at a 1974 summer study at Princeton, on efficient use of energy, with experts in buildings, industry, transportation, and utilities. In 'The Art of Energy Efficiency: Protecting the Environment with Better Technology', Annual Review of Energy and the Environment (Nov 1999), 24, 37.
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Rosenfeld’s law: From 1845 to the present, the amount of energy required to produce the same amount of gross national product has steadily decreased at the rate of about 1 percent per year. This is not quite as spectacular as Moore's Law of integrated circuits, but it has been tested over a longer period of time. One percent per year yields a factor of 2.7 when compounded over 100 years. It took 56 BTUs (59,000 joules) of energy consumption to produce one (1992) dollar of GDP in 1845. By 1998, the same dollar required only 12.5 BTUs (13,200 joules).
— Arthur H. Rosenfeld
As given in A.H.Rosenfeld, T. M. Kaarsberg, J. J. Romm, 'Efficiency of Energy Use', in John Zumerchik (ed.), The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy (2001).
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There is an even cleaner form of energy than the sun, more renewable than the wind: it’s the energy we don’t consume.
— Arthur H. Rosenfeld
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