Getting Off Oil Without the 'C' Word

Amory Lovins, co-founder and chairman of Rocky Mountain Institute, believes that governments and the private sector need to identify and remove barriers to energy efficiency, rather than simply promoting "conservation."
December 6, 2008, 9am PST | Michael Dudley
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"The world's biggest untapped energy source, according to energy expert Amory Lovins, is efficiency. But don't call it 'conservation.'

In an interview conducted by science writer Carole Bass for Yale Environment 360, Lovins...says that word connotes 'privation, discomfort and curtailment.' By contrast, 'efficiency' means 'doing more and better with less energy and money, but with more brains and technology,' he says.

The longtime renewable energy advocate and author says retooling for energy efficiency will require 'barrier-busting' at many levels. And government, Lovins says, 'should steer, not row.'"

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Published on Friday, December 5, 2008 in AlterNet
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