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A Farewell to Fossil Fuels: Answering the Energy Challenge

Journal or Magazine Article, 2012

In this article published in Foreign Affairs, Amory Lovins describes a U.S. transition from fossil fuels--a blueprint detailed in Reinventing Fire-- that requires pursuing three agendas. First, radical automotive efficiency can make electrification affordable and save fuel in heavy vehicles; and all vehicles can be used more productively. Second, new designs can make buildings and factories several times more efficient than they are now. Third, modernizing the electric system to make it diverse, distributed, and renewable can also make it clean, reliable and secure. Getting the U.S. off fossil fuels would transform its foreign policy, and turbocharge global development. He argues that we don't have to wait for congress to seize these opportunities.

This article is also available to read at Foreign Affairs.


Fueling a Competitive Economy

Journal or Magazine Article, 1992

This article, which originally appeared in Foreign Affairs in 1992, presents a comprehensive plan to revive America's competitiveness using energy efficiency to prime the economic pump, an industrial policy to guide fresh capital injections, and environmental technology to create a cottage industry for the 21st century.


Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken

Journal or Magazine Article, 1976
This landmark article in Foreign Affairs describes Amory Lovins' concepts of the "hard path" and "soft path" of energy use. This piece established Lovins as an innovative voice in the ongoing energy debate.


Real Security

Journal or Magazine Article, 1983
This article is a summary of Amory and Hunter Lovins' book, Brittle Power. The book argues that energy policy creates enormous security risks, primarily through over centralization and technological misapplication.


Energy, Economics, and Climate

Journal or Magazine Article, 1982
In this editorial, Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins challenge the assumption of ever-increasing carbon dioxide via unchecked fossil fuel combustion. They argue that if energy efficiency measures are promoted, market forces can eliminate the burning of fossil fuels.


Fool's Gold in Alaska (Annotated Version)

Journal or Magazine Article, 2001
In this annotated version of the article from Foreign Affairs, the authors argue against drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for economic, security, and environmental reasons. For the complete article, see "Fool's Gold in Alaska," (RMI document ID E01-03).


Fool's Gold in Alaska

Journal or Magazine Article, 2001
In this article from Foreign Affairs the authors argue against drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for economic, security, and environmental reasons.


Soft Energy Paths for the 21st Century

Journal or Magazine Article, 2011
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked Amory Lovins to outline his reaction to the Fukushima disaster and his suggestions for Japanese and U.S. energy policy for its house magazine Gaiko (Diplomacy). An abridged version was published 30 July 2011 in Japanese and is cited in this unabridged English version. It's a timely contribution to the rapidly growing movement in Japan to accelerate the strategic shift from nuclear power to efficiency and renewables, as Germany is already doing—an approach consistent with sound economics and with RMI's U.S. findings in Reinventing Fire. The abridged version of the article is available at http://www.gaiko-web.jp/ in Japanese.


Global Energy Affairs

Report or White Paper, 2013

The current issue of Global Energy Affairs features two unique perspectives on nuclear energy. Amory Lovins highlights how Germany, unlike Japan, utilized its decision to abandon nuclear energy to create a revolution in efficiency and renewable energy. Malcolm Grimston contends that despite a highly favorable environment for nuclear development in the UK, the market response remains weak. Sheril Kirshenbaum highlights how the public opinion in the U.S. contributes to defining global energy priorities. Audi’s e-gas car and tracking progress of Masdas City are the projects of this month. News highlights, innovations, and briefs cover recent major developments in the field of energy and environment. Roel Sweirenga’s reflections on the on Sustainable Mobility for the Decade 2014- 2024 and the profile of Quale Hodek, a young leader in renewable energy, completes this issue


Fuzzy Math

Letter, 2002
This document includes a letter by Lucian Platt written to Foreign Affairs magazine in response to Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins' article from 2001, "Fool's Gold in Alaska" . The authors then respond to Platt's letter with additional references and data.


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