Amory B. Lovins, a member of the National Petroleum Council, is cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, an independent nonprofit think-and-do tank that transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future. His RMI team's autumn 2011 book, Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era, describes business-led pathways for a vibrant U.S. economy that by 2050 needs no oil, coal, or nuclear power to provide clean and resilient energy with superior economics. His other books include, Winning Oil Endgame, Natural Capitalism (with Paul Hawken and L. Hunter Lovins), and The Essential Amory Lovins: Selected Writings.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
What Did the 1973 Oil Embargo Teach Us?
Forty years ago this month, Syria and Egypt launched a Yom Kippur surprise attack on Israel to regain land and prestige lost in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israeli forces were nearing Damascus and Cairo when a ceasefire took hold. But as the Soviet Union resupplied its Arab clients and President Nixon resupplied Israel, Arab members of the OPEC oil cartel, led by Saudi Arabia, announced a 5% monthly cut in oil output, then embargoed oil exports to the U.S. and later others.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Learning From Japan's Nuclear Disaster
As heroic workers and soldiers strive to save stricken Japan from a new horror--radioactive fallout--some truths known for 40 years bear repeating. An earthquake-and-tsunami zone crowded with 127 million people is an unwise place for 54 reactors. The 1960s design of five Fukushima-I reactors has the smallest safety margin and probably can't contain 90% of meltdowns. The U.S. has 6 identical and 17 very similar plants.