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The rebound effect is overplayed

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Increasing energy efficiency brings emissions savings. Claims that it backfires are a distraction, say Kenneth Gillingham and colleagues.

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  1. Kenneth Gillingham and Matthew J. Kotchen are at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Connecticut, USA.

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  2. David S. Rapson is with the Department of Economics at the University of California, Davis, USA.

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  3. Gernot Wagner is at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, USA.

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