Summary Of Hallett's ' Efficiency Trap '

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experts agree that adapting to resource scarcity will take a combination of better efficiency, better technologies, and better management of our limited resources (Bardi, 2013, p. 230). Bardi argues that efficiency is often considered the most crucial first response which leads to such measures as home insulation, compact or hybrid cars, high efficient lighting, and so forth. All of these measures, Bardi believes, would allow us to live like we lived before during the preindustrial era (2013). This last argument, however, contradicts Hallett belief that efficiency would not solve our problem.
In summary, Hallett’s “Efficiency Trap” leaves its audience with the belief that there are two efficiency traps. The first is that it convinces its readers that we have found a way of conserving without abandoning progress and growth. With the discovery of new efficient machines, we can do the same work with less energy, which in return saves us more time and money. However, more efficient technologies drive progress, and the time and money we have saved is soon used for more consumption (Hallett, 2013, p. 277). This first efficiency trap is relatively easy to understand because it can be applied to our daily energy consumption behaviors. The second efficient trap is a much difficult to understand. However, it is a belief that efficiency will enable us to better control and strengthen complex systems. For example, the author argues that cellular systems, ecosystems, and civilizations…

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