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Energy Efficiency: The Rest of the Iceberg

Journal or Magazine Article, 2015

In 2014, Shell commissioned Amory Lovins to write a paper for its book The Colors of Energy [www.shell.com/colours] commemorating the centenary of Shell’s Amsterdam Technical Centre, then to present its thesis at the ceremony, where it was warmly received. Its thesis: energy efficiency is a huge, cheap, often expanding-returns, and widely underestimated resource. The resulting risk: suppliers can run their supertanker into the iceberg of efficiency and sink without even knowing what they hit, because they weren’t properly tracking it and it wasn’t on their chart.


Response to RADM Robert G. James (USNR Ret.)'s 2 August 2011 Wall Street Journal op-ed "Of Mustard Fuel and Marines"

Letter, 2011
Former Naval and CIA officer and oil-industry executive Robert James claimed that military interest in advanced biofuels is a green fad and compromises combat effectiveness. Amory Lovins, who's helped to lead military energy reform for three decades, corrects Dr. James's misconceptions and misrepresentations in this comment posted on 3 August 2011 to his op-ed.


Proliferation, Oil, and Climate: Solving for Pattern

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
In this essay Amory Lovins discusses the problems of proliferation, oil, and climate. These three formidable problems, though treated as distinct, share common causes and solutions. New energy and climate solutions can strengthen security and prosperity by shifting strategy for the NPT Review Conference. Nuclear power’s astonishing eclipse by cheaper, faster, more climate-protective competitors—if acknowledged and exploited—can simultaneously bolster nonproliferation, energy security, global development, and climate protection, all at a profit. Foreign Policy published a condensed version of this paper, "On Proliferation, Climate, and Oil: Solving for Pattern" (RMI document ID S10-03) in January 2010.


On Proliferation, Climate, and Oil: Solving for Pattern

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
Proliferation, climate change, and oil dependence share both nuclear non-solutions that frustrate U.S. foreign-policy goals and non-nuclear solutions that can achieve them. This synthesis of all three issues shows how reconciling foreign with domestic energy policy can solve these and other big problems at a profit. This essay, first posted 21 January 2010 in Foreign Policy, is expanded in the annotated paper,"Proliferation, Oil, and Climate: Solving for Pattern" (RMI document ID S10-02).


Freeing America From Its Addiction to Oil

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
This article was originally published on CNN.com in 2010 and expands on Amory Lovins' TED talk from 2005. In the article Lovins describes the progress made since RMI's 2004 book, Winning the Oil Endgame.


DOD’s Energy Challenge as Strategic Opportunity

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
This unabridged version of an April 2010 article published in Joint Force Quarterly, the magazine of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, describes how two big ideas—endurance and resilience—can turn the DoD's energy costs and vulnerabilities into sources of breakthrough advantage, major savings in blood and treasure, and a safer world. The article as it appeared in Joint Force Quarterly (RMI document ID 2010-07) is available to download here.


Profitable Solutions to Climate, Oil, and Proliferation

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
Protecting the climate is not costly but profitable (even if avoided climate change is worth zero), mainly because saving fuel costs less than buying fuel. The two biggest opportunities, both sufficiently fast, are oil and electricity. The US, for example, can eliminate its oil use by the 2040s at an average cost of $15 per barrel (2000$), half by redoubled efficiency and half by alternative supplies, and can save three-fourths of its electricity more cheaply than operating a thermal power station. Integrative design permits this by making big energy savings cheaper than small ones, turning traditionally assumed diminishing returns into empirically observed expanding returns. Such efficiency choices accelerate climate-safe, inexhaustible, and resilient energy supply—notably the ‘‘micropower’’ now delivering about a sixth of the world’s electricity and 90% of its new electricity. These cheap, fast, market-financeable, globally applicable options offer the most effective, yet most underestimated and overlooked, solutions for climate, proliferation, and poverty.


Smart Planes Save Oil

Journal or Magazine Article, 2009
This article, published in the Japanese Nikkei Ecology, explains how next generation air traffic control technologies could save 10-12% of the oil consumed by air travel by 2030.


Climate: Eight Convenient Truths

Journal or Magazine Article, 2009
In this article from Roll Call, Amory Lovins provides eight arguments for congress to pass climate change legislation.


Industrial Electric Productivity: Myths, Barriers & Solutions

Conference Proceedings, 2009
There is an enormous gap in the electric productivity of the nation. Increasing industrial electric productivity is a significant near-term opportunity that can reduce electricity costs, carbon dioxide emissions per unit of output, and increase profits. RMI believes that increasing industrial electric productivity is an untapped source of value, and is important to the longevity of industry in the United States.


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