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Amory B. Lovins

Cofounder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus


Physicist Amory Lovins, 68, FRSA, is cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute; energy advisor to major firms and governments in 65+ countries for 40+ years; author of 31 books and 600 papers; and an integrative designer of superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles. He has received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, the MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Happold, Benjamin Franklin, and Spencer Hutchens Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood (“alternative Nobel”), National Design, and World Technology Awards. In 2016, the President of Germany awarded him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse). A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary US architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has taught at ten universities, most recently Stanford’s Engineering School and the Naval Postgraduate School (but only on topics he’s never studied, so as to retain beginner’s mind). He is a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council and an advisor to the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations. Time has named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. His latest books include Natural Capitalism (1999, www.natcap.org), Small Is Profitable (2002, www.smallisprofitable.org), Winning the Oil Endgame (2004, www.oilendgame.com), The Essential Amory Lovins (2011), and Reinventing Fire (2011, www.reinventingfire.com). His main recent efforts include supporting RMI’s collaborative synthesis, for China’s National Development and Reform Commission, of an ambitious efficiency-and-renewables trajectory to inform the 13th Five Year Plan, and exploring how to make integrative design the new normal, so investments to energy efficiency can yield expanding rather than diminishing returns.

Authored Blog Posts

March 27 With Weaker Fuel Economy Standards, Everyone Loses, Including U.S. Automakers Transportation
July 11 Closing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Will Save Money And Carbon General
February 1 As Oil Prices Gyrate, Underlying Trends Are Shifting To Oil's Disadvantage General
November 30 3 Ways Wind and Solar Can Continue To Grow In a 21st-Century Grid Electricity
September 25 Today's U.S.-China Announcement is the Most Significant Milestone to Date for Battling Global Climate Change General
September 21 Four Trends Driving Profitable Climate Protection General
January 21 What If Congress Threw a Keystone XL Party and Nobody Came? General
December 16 Joining Forces to Combat Climate Change and Re-ignite the Global Economy General
October 20 Micropower’s Quiet Takeover Electricity
October 1 Three Energy Gamechangers for China and the World General
September 30 Three Energy Gamechangers for China and the World General
August 7 Sowing Confusion About Renewable Energy General
July 8 How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany General
June 3 Inside the Book Resource Revolution General
February 6 Let’s Celebrate, Not Lament, Renewables’ Disruption of Electric Utilities Electricity
February 6 Let’s Celebrate, Not Lament, Renewables’ Disruption of Electric Utilities Electricity
November 1 [Video] 40 Years of Fossil Fuel Consequences General
October 17 What Did the 1973 Oil Embargo Teach Us? General
August 15 Separating Fact from Fiction In Accounts of Germany’s Renewables Revolution Electricity
July 31 Debunking the Renewables “Disinformation Campaign” Electricity
April 17 Germany's Renewables Revolution Electricity
March 26 Asia’s Accelerating Energy Revolution General
February 12 Lovins on Climate Change: No Breakthroughs Needed, Mr. President General
November 15 Lovins On How To End Blackouts Forever General
September 6 Hot Air About Cheap Natural Gas General
August 28 Opportunities and Challenges for a Sustainable Energy Future General
June 18 Amory Lovins: Don’t Suppress Military-Led Innovation General
March 27 The Electric Car: Lighter, Less Costly, Plugged In General
February 7 My Response to WSJ's "The Problem With Going Green" General
October 28 Lovins on Baseload Power: What I Would Have Said on Bloomberg TV....Given the Chance (Video) General
October 27 Reinventing Fire: Business-Led Integrative Energy Solutions General
August 9 A Giant Passes: RMI Trustee Ray C. Anderson General
August 3 Response to RADM Robert G. James (USNR Ret.)'s 2 August 2011 Wall Street Journal op-ed "Of Mustard Fuel and Marines" General
April 11 Nuclear Power: Join the Live Debate General
March 28 Nuclear: A “Grossly Uncompetitive” Energy Option General
March 18 Learning From Japan's Nuclear Disaster General
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