Reinventing Fire is Amory Lovins' new TED talk on a smart 50
year energy plan. He shows how the US (and Canada) can choose to
save $5 trillion, improve national security, increase jobs, reduce
carbon emissions, and stop subsidizing its enemies by getting off
oil and coal. How? Conserve, and switch to renewables, on a very
large scale. It's inspiring, credible, persuasive, smart and
packed with data. How many people know, for example, that there is
now more renewable electricity generation in the world than
nuclear? That reliable electricity can be provided by a diverse,
distributed, mostly renewable system? That Portugal's
electrical generation is already 45% renewable? That the retrofit
of the Empire State Building paid for itself in 3 years by saving
energy? That carbon fibre electric cars will be for sale next year?
That big energy savings are often cheaper than small ones? That
peak oil demand may come this decade, i.e. that demand for oil
could start to fall before its supply?
Lovins knows what he's talking about. He
has a long history of being ahead of the curve on energy. The Rocky Mountain
Institute makes its living helping major organizations save
energy and money. According to Wikipedia, Amory Lovins has received ten
honorary doctorates and was elected a Fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science in 1984, of the World
Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1988, and of the World Business
Academy in 2001. He has received the World Technology Award, the
Right Livelihood Award, the Blue Planet Prize, Volvo Environment
Prize, the 4th Annual Heinz Award in the Environment in 1998, and
the National Design (Design Mind), Jean Meyer, and Lindbergh
Lovins is also the recipient of the Time Hero for the Planet
awards, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, and the Shingo,
Nissan, Mitchell, and Onassis Prizes. He has also received a
MacArthur Fellowship and is an honorary member of the American
Institute of Architects (AIA), a Foreign Member of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and an Honorary Senior
Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Furthermore he is on the
Advisory Board of the Holcim Foundation.
In 2009, Time magazine named Lovins as one of the world's
100 most influential people.
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