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Works by Amory Lovins

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the PWR

In this paper, Amory Lovins argues that pressurized water reactors (PWR) are an economic disaster. PWRs are a type of nuclear power reactor. Lovins argues that development of nuclear pressurized-water reactors fail to live up to industry performance projections.

Resilience in Energy Strategy

In this editorial, Amory Lovins argues that modern society is entirely dependent on the uninterrupted supply of electricity. Due to the over-centralization of our power supply, however, we find ourselves vulnerable to even minor perturbations in the electrical grid. Lovins argues that incorporating resiliency into the design of our power…

Long Term Constraints on Human Activity

In this paper, Amory Lovins discusses the forces shaping and constraining social enterprise. Lovins argues that humans are constrained by problems of food, land and water, climatic change, energy, hazardous substances, non-fuel minerals, diversity and resilience of ecosystems, management and global organization. These problems raise fundamental questions about present trends…

Nuclear Spread: The Cure Begins at Home

In this New York Times op-ed, Amory Lovins commends the paper for calling attention to the link between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, and provides further commentary about the social, political, and economic logic of pursuing a non-nuclear energy future. Lovins argues that energy efficiency measures and alternative energy sources…

Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken

In this landmark piece from 1976, Amory Lovins describes the two energy choices then facing the nation. There is the “hard path” and the “soft path.” The hard path resembles federal policy of the time and is essentially an extrapolation of the recent past. The hard path relies on rapid…