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Office of the Chief Scientist

“New Nuclear Reactors, Same Old Story”

The dominant type of new nuclear power plant, light-water reactors (LWRs), proved unfinanceable in the robust 2005–2008 capital market, despite new U.S. subsidies approaching or exceeding their total construction cost. New LWRs are now so costly and slow that they save 2–20× less carbon, 20–40× slower, than micropower and efficient…

Lovins’ Response to “The Homely Costs of Energy Conservation”

This piece, by Amory and Judy Lovins, was written in response to an article in The Wall Street Journal about the design, construction, and renovation of the Lovins’ home. The Lovins’ response draws economic conclusions opposite to those in the article, explaining how the house uses integrative design and clarifying…

Nuclear Nonsense

Stewart Brand’s book, Whole Earth Discipline, features a chapter claiming that new nuclear power plants are essential and desirable, and that a global nuclear “renaissance” is booming. Amory Lovins reviews the book and finds fatal flaws in the chapter’s facts and logic. Lovins explains why each of Brand’s claims are…

Policy of Energy Change

In this interview, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Amory Lovins discuss energy policy. Topics discussed include walkable cities, how to drill for efficiency, and what governments can do to accelerate clean energy. The importance and opportunity of legislation on a local level are emphasized. Domestic drilling, funding sources for clean…