Lovin' Energy Efficiency

By Chris Mooney | August 5, 2010 2:25 pm

amory.lovins.500Amory Lovins bursts with so many ideas that if you blink you miss ten of them. Speaking at Techonomy today, he outlined an agenda he called Reinventing Fire–nothing less than obliterating all oil and gas usage by 2050. “We do transformation, not incrementalism,” Lovins explained. Yeah.

You can read some of the details of Lovins’ agenda here, and much of the arguments from his talk can also be found in this CNN.com piece.The basic argument is that we can entirely slash oil usage first through increasing efficiency—particularly for vehicles–and then secondarily by replacing it with natural gas and biofuels.

Some of Lovins most striking ideas concern remaking our vehicle fleet…READ ON.


Comments (3)

  1. GM

    As usual, not a word about growth – we will carry on BAU, just without fossil fuels.

    Totally realistic…

  2. Sorbit

    One of the things that Lovins has gotten woefully wrong is nuclear power and his writings on it have been highly misleading. For some detailed refutations, check this, or this.

  3. Aren’t increasing in efficiency and then gradual replacement with natural gas and biofuels all incremental improvements, unlike he says? This goes against the selling points of many of the methods we could use. A well planned out set of incremental changes can get us to the goal within a relatively short time frame without the trouble of any transformational change. Maybe this is all just semantics.


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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.


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