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Subject: RE: We really use alot of electricity in America.
US does use a lot of energy for sure, although a handful of countries are ahead of it (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Luxembourg, whoa Iceland!)...pretty much places with equal wealth but colder temps.
Although if we're using weather as an excuse, I'd say the US definitely has more extreme temps than Europe, even including the populated portions of the nordic countries.
Highest and lowest monthly averages (°F):
Berlin: 75.2 / 29.1
Boston: 81.8 / 22.3
Paris: 77.4 / 36.5
New York: 84.9 / 26.9
Madrid: 88.2 / 36.7
Chicago: 84.8 / 18.5
Moscow: 75.6 / 15.6
Minneapolis: 83.4 / 7.4
Oslo: 70.7 / 19.8
Denver: 88.7 / 17.6
The west coast is really the only place comparable to most of Europe in terms of climate. And what do you know, California uses a bit over half the per capita electricity of the rest of the US. Just like most of Europe.
Of course another huge factor is the population density, where again Europe has the US clobbered. Much more efficient to have everybody crammed together in tiny apartments than McMansions in the burbs.
Forget about all of the developing nations, those people couldn't use more energy per capita than those in the US even if they really wanted to. Shoot, I bet those dudes sweating it out in the shanty towns of Delhi would kill to use as much energy on AC as they do in Houston.
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