Amory Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, explores halting climate change, reducing oil dependence and using micropower instead of nuclear.
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Dr. Amory B. Lovins
Physicist Amory B. Lovins is cofounder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org), an independent nonprofit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. An advisor to major firms and governments in over 50 countries for the past four decades, he is author of 31 books and over 450 papers, and recipient of the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 11 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he is a former Oxford don, an honorary U.S. architect, a Swedish engineering academician, a member of the National Petroleum Council, and a Professor of Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has taught at nine other universities, most recently Stanford University's School of Engineering. In 2009, Time named him one of the world's 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.
His latest books are the coauthored business classic Natural Capitalism (1999); the Economist book of the year Small Is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size (2002, www.smallisprofitable.org); the Pentagon-cosponsored Winning the Oil Endgame (2004, www.oilendgame.com), The Essential Amory Lovins (Earthscan, London, Sept. 2011); and Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era (Chelsea Green, Oct. 2011, www.reinventingfire.com).
Energy produced by nuclear fission of heavy atomic nuclei. About one-third of all electric power worldwide now comes from nuclear power plants. The navies of many countries include nuclear-powered warships; almost half of U.S. combat warships are nuclear-powered. Most commercial nuclear reactors are thermal reactors. Two types of light-water reactors in use throughout the world are the boiling-water reactor and the pressurized-water reactor. In the liquid-metal fast-breeder reactor, fuel is utilized 60 times more effectively than in light-water reactors. See alsonuclear energy.
Energy efficiency makes sense- it's a no brainer- do more with less....
but to say that efficiency is the solution to the nature of the problems we face as a society is missing the mark.
Dow and DuPont save x% through increased efficiencies this year over last, but dow and DuPont grew y% in total size because those efficiencies proved to be so lucrative and provided a competitive advantage resulting in higher market share. At the end of the day if the amount represented by the x% in savings is smaller than the amount from the y% growth- you actually have a net increase of total consumption- exactly the opposite of what the efficiencies are designed to provide.
As long as the dominant form of thinking is reductionist and linear the "solutions" will continue to evade our most dogged attempts- We know that all life on earth produces byproducts that are the feedstock of the next lifeforms processes- this produces no waste at all and the overall pattern is cyclical since except for sunlight and the odd meteorite Earth does not gain any new materials- it just recycles the ones it has...
The next major and radical leap that is the inspiration of this talk, is to bring awareness, hope and make possible this understanding of nature as stated above and then mimic it in our industrial processes!
For it is fundamental error of insight to think that efficiencies and technologies given the proper incentives can solve the climate and energy crisis's we face as a society alone without this bedrock shift in awareness.
Continued exponential growth is doomed to failure- efficient or not- we must turn this ship from a linear path to a cyclical one and understand the complex relationships between networks- like the relationships of tissue to organ, organ to organism, organism to ecosystem ecosystem to Earth Earth to solar system etc...
This is the next radical leap into the unknown- and it is going to require humility for in it the individual ego is not as important as it is today...
Nature favors those organisms which leave the environment in better shape for their progeny to survive.