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Published on November 12th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Amory Lovins Nails Renewable Energy Costs, Energy Subsidies, & Myth of Baseload

November 12th, 2011 by  

Below is a wonderful video of Amory Lovins explaining the energy subsidy inequality (favoring fossil fuels) in the U.S. today, renewable energy costs, and the myths of baseload power. But first, Peter Sinclair’s apt comments on the interview, which doesn’t only include Lovins:

The video above from Bloomberg shows the best and worst of energy/economics communications.

First you’ve got a next-quarter obsessed wall street wonk, incapable of stepping out of market-speak, or group-think, even for a microsecond. Then you’ve got a time pressed journalist who allows an outrageous unsupported talking point to go by unanswered at the end, as time runs out. (if time is short, cut to the chase at 7:25)

Fortunately, Amory Lovins uploaded a correction to the misinformation the same day, which I’ve spliced in at the end.

Thanks, Peter!

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  • Anumakonda Jagadeesh

    Excellent post on Amory Lovins views on Renewables,subsidies and others.

    Dr.A.jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

  • Loucee

    Energy impacts our entire economy: how we eat, how we cool and heat our buildings, how we power our machines, how we fuel our transportation. It impacts our health, and especially our planet’s future. Energy is everyone’s concern. America is at an energy crossroads. Do we continue to invest in a diminishing dirty resource? Or do we transition towards the future? Petition Obama to invest in each one of us. Give “we the people” the tax breaks and let us choose how to transition to renewable energy. Americans will do the right thing.

    Sign and forward the petition:

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”- Gandhi

    • Anonymous


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