Amory B. Lovins and Edward Lucas discuss how bold solutions for the new energy era is akin to reinventing the fire.
Dr. Amory B. Lovins, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Chair: Edward Lucas, International Editor, The Economist
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).
Edward Lucas is the international section editor at The Economist, the world’s foremost newsweekly, where he has covered the central and east European region for over 25 years. He is the author of The New Cold War (2008), a prescient account of Vladimir Putin’s Russia; Deception (2011), an investigative account of east-west espionage; and The Snowden Operation (2014), which was published as an e-book. He is a regular contributor to BBC’s Today and Newsnight, and to NPR, CNN and Sky News. Lucas is regularly cited by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 Twitterati. For many years a foreign correspondent, he was based in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Moscow and the Baltic states. His weekly column for European Voice (Brussels) has appeared since 2005; he also writes for the Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Foreign Policy and Standpoint. As well as working for The Independent, the BBC and The Sunday Times, he co-founded an English-language weekly in Tallinn, Estonia: The Baltic Independent.
Both the United States and India need to overhaul their venerable electric grid. Dr. Amory B. Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute outlines the costs of such an upgrade as well as the inherent risks that come with ignoring infrastructure improvements.