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Works by Amory Lovins

Oil Risk Insurance: Choosing the Best Buy

This article was written in response to the 1988 report by the Government Accountability Office that argues for supply-side insurance to hedge against oil risks. Amory Lovins argues that the best way to prevent surprises to oil price and supply is to wring more work from the energy that is…

CAFE Signals Gas-Mileage Efficiency

In this response to an editorial in The Wall Street Journal criticizing CAFE standards, Amory Lovins describes the failure of the free market to accurately signal the social benefits of efficient vehicles. Lovins supports CAFE standards as an effective tool for improving automotive efficiency. He describes how efficiency standards save…

Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel?

In this commentary in The Wall Street Journal, Amory Lovins responds to the Department of the Interior’s proposals to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Instead of drilling for oil, the federal government could place higher efficiency standards on automobiles and buildings. Efficiency measures such as these…

Origins of the Nuclear Power Fiasco

This chapter is excerpted from the book, Energy Policy Studies. In the chapter, Amory Lovins argues that the use of nuclear power in the United States is a fiasco. He outlines the series of structural and conceptual errors by the government that resulted in failure in the utility industry, extreme…

Real Security

This article is a summary of Amory and Hunter Lovins’ book, Brittle Power. The book argues that energy policy creates enormous security risks, primarily through overcentralization and technological misapplication. They show that national energy policy all too often undermines military policy and national security. This article details the security benefits…