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There's strong utility pushback here, too, but it's falling on its face on the west coast - or perhaps hoist on its own enviro-petard.

It just seems out here on the west coast that we (youth in particular) enjoy the Super Bowl, like the clever ads, and shun their message. As a result, miles driven, electrical power used, traffic accidents (speed-related in particular), and bar fights are all declining. Maybe it's the circles in which I circulate, but I rarely find anyone who does not 'get' renewable energy. And I do maintain rather wide circles. (Recently, I had to congratulate the Republican against whom I ran for state leg in 2010  for being the primary sponsor of an amazingly collaborative water management plan for the Yakima River watershed.)

CH - I too dismissed Lovins for many years, but, as I wrote above, this RMI is taking the kind of leadership role that can actually accomplish things.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (paulgspencer@gmail.com) on Sat Feb 15th, 2014 at 10:22:13 PM EST
For those who don't know him, Amory was one of the seminal figures in the push for renewables beginning in the mid-70's. (Of course the technical developments in wind, solar and others go back far longer.)

Trained as a physicist (but without a degree?), Lovins published energy policy for Friends of the Earth. Around 1975, he published a renewable strategy article in Foreign Policy which grew to become Soft Energy Paths. With the spread of that article, coming between the two oil embargoes of the 70's, Lovins became a figurehead of the "soft path."

He spent the next decades consulting for utilities, large corps and the military. If he hadn't already drunk the neo-lib koolaid, these clients didn't help. Still, he remained one of the most globally respected renewable energy advocates.

Amory learned much of his windpower from a childhood friend, and my mentor, Dr. Forrest (Woody) Stoddard. Despite my disagreements with him over the role of utilities, he remains a stalwart advocate.

Most importantly, had we been able to have the global buildout of renewables that we've seen in the past 15 years occur when first proposed, we wouldn't have lost another 15 years to irreversible global warming.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sun Feb 16th, 2014 at 04:24:33 AM EST
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And...

while i still haven't commented on the meat of the article, one thought crossed my fertile/febrile mind...

A bit late to the party, Amory, no?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Feb 17th, 2014 at 02:48:22 PM EST
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