Is there any organized effort out there to measure and manage the total energy content of manufactured goods? It seems to me that producers, consumers and governments could all use accurate information about the total energy used and the sources of that energy if we are going to make intenligent choices about future energy supply. When I say total energy content I mean the cumulative total energy used in producing every component and in providing every service that contributes to the final turn over to the end user. Surely in our highly mechanized world, where human labour has been largely replaced by machines that do the work at every step of the way, the real energy component of our products must be very high. Imagine the effects if end users could read a label on every product that gave the total energy used to create it and a breakdown of the root energy sources!
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