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Works by Amory Lovins

The Fragility of Domestic Energy

In this classic article from 1983, Amory Lovins questions the reliability of America’s domestic energy supply. Domestic energy sources seem to be the answer to the fragility of an energy supply that comes mainly from international sources. However, Lovins argues that most domestic sources are also centralized, and hence vulnerable…

Brittle Power

Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security, prepared for the Pentagon in 1981, was the first and remains the definitive unclassified treatise on the vulnerability of energy critical infrastructure. It also synthesizes from engineering and biology how to redesign energy systems to be resilient, so that major failures, now inevitable,…

Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security

In this classic from 1982, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins argue that domestic energy infrastructure is vulnerable to disruption, by accident or malice, often even more so than imported oil. According to the authors, a resilient energy system is feasible, costs less, works better, and is favored in the…

Energy, Economics, and Climate

In this editorial, Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins challenge the assumption of ever-increasing carbon dioxide via unchecked fossil fuel combustion. They identify the performance of efficiency gains and argue for continued progress along this soft energy path in order to avert a future of unchecked global warming. They argue that…

Thorium Cycles and Proliferation

This is the first in a two-part exchange between Amory Lovins and A. De Volpi about thorium cycles and nuclear proliferation. In this piece, Lovins connects the use of uranium-233 and nuclear proliferation. He analyzes misconceptions about nuclear fuel cycles that breed fissile uranium-233 from thorium and the differences in…