Amory Lovins

Amory B. Lovins is the research CEO at Rocky Mountain Institute. Longtime adviser to the energy industry and the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense, he is the co-author of Natural Capitalism (with L. Hunter Lovins and Paul Hawken) and 26 other books.

Recent Articles

Energy Forever

The world is dangerous. America's energy policy makes it more so. In 1981 we wrote for the Pentagon what is still the definitive unclassified study of domestic energy vulnerability. We found, and government and industry experts later confirmed, that a handful of people could shut down three-quarters of the oil and gas supplies to the eastern states overnight without leaving Louisiana. A similar group could cut electric power to any region or kill millions by sabotaging a nuclear power plant or crashing an airliner into it. Little has changed since then. Most existing U.S. energy supplies--and the additional ones proposed in the current House energy bill--are highly vulnerable to attack. National security is also at risk because 13 percent of the oil we use comes from the Persian Gulf (which holds two-thirds of the world's petroleum reserves). Buying the fastest and cheapest replacements is urgent. But replacing insecure foreign oil with insecure new domestic energy sources doesn't...

Mobilizing Energy Solutions

For an annotated version of this article, go to America is at war. The economy is down. Global prosperity, stability, and environment are at risk. Domestic politics is reverting to gridlock, driven by the coming battle for both houses of Congress. And energy policy, strongly polarized, is back on the agenda. Have we learned anything since the first oil shock in 1973 that could enable our country to craft an energy strategy to make America secure, stimulate the domestic economy, and foster global development? Is there a way to use energy policy to make the world safer, protect the climate, and rebuild national consensus? Is there an approach that makes sense and makes money, solves or avoids many big problems at once without making new ones, advances technology, increases equity, and strengthens competitive markets as well as grass-roots democracy? There is, but it requires getting straight what the energy problem is. Until 1976, many thought (and some still do) that the...