Book | 1982

Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security

By Amory Lovins

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 market, but is rejected by U.S. policy. The book was originally prepared as a Pentagon study and was rereleased in 2001 following the September 11 attacks. In the preface to the 2001 edition, Lovins explains that the themes from the original manuscript are still relevant. For the 2001 preface, see “Preface to the 2001 Edition of Brittle Power” (RMI document ID 2001-21).