SCIENCE: Energy-related economic, security, and environmental threats are intensifying the national conversation about how to regain energy leadership and competitiveness, restore jobs and prosperity, and build a secure and climate-safe energy system.
Yet America lacks a comprehensive vision of how a market economy can achieve these transformational goals. A plan for changing that has been advanced by Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder, Chairman and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI):
RMI has that vision, and is now building its detailed roadmap, which they call Reinventing Fire™. This strategy brings together RMI's 28 years of innovation and engages the world in an ambitious but eminently achievable project: using whole-system thinking and integrative design to move the U.S. off fossil fuels by 2050 -- and other nations toward similar goals -- led by business for profit.
Three key features of the plan are –
* Heavy reliance on sensible design changes that can greatly cut energy requirements in factories, office buildings, homes, cars, and public transportation systems.
* A synergistic mix of green energy technologies combined with affordable transition away from polluting fossil fuels.
* No need for science breakthroughs. The goals can be accomplished entirely with existing knowledge; leading-edge developments would be welcome, though, and make the prospects even brighter.
If acted upon aggressively, the plan could --
Progress is already underway. High profile clients of RMI have included Walmart, Ford, and Pacific Gas & Electric, as well as the Pentagon and White House.
Book by Lovins: Reinventing Fire