Europeans use approximately 50% less energy per capital than Americans, while maintaining the same standard of living. Europeans are cognizant of energy use and conservation: a light turned on in European hotel hallway is automatically extinguished within three minutes.
Yet with American advertising saturating global TV networks, the U.S. lifestyle has become the model for millions of people in China, India, Africa, and Indonesia, and even the Inuit in the Artic. If Americans change the way they live and decide to take responsibility to clean up the polluted planet, millions will follow.
- Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer