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President William Jefferson Clinton at RMI 30

Former President Clinton, who spoke at Rocky Mountain Institute’s 25th anniversary event, provided a video for Thursday’s RMI30 gala at the Empire State Building. In it, he recalls his long association with Amory Lovins and notes that RMI helped green the White House during his presidency.

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How Entrepreneurs Can Make Money by Facing the Climate Challenge

When our children and grandchildren look back on our era, the political squabbles of today will have been long since forgotten. What they will ask (I hope) is “How did they have the wisdom to build for the future?” Will they thank us for acting with reason, compassion and foresight? Or will they wonder what the hell we were thinking?

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Does Japan Really Need Nuclear?

On Friday, Japan will mark nine months since the massive 8.9-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami that caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The crisis has "sharply divided intellectuals and elites from the public."


Reinventing Fire: Buildings

Executive Summary America’s 120 million buildings consume a prodigious amount of energy—42 percent of the nation’s primary energy, 72 percent of its electricity, and 34 percent of its directly used natural gas. They use more energy than any country except China and the whole United States. But the U.S. buildings…


Technology capital cost projections

Sources for Reinventing Fire Technology Capital Cost Projects Chart The capital cost projects come from RMI analysis using learning curve theory, as detailed in: McDonald, A., Schrattenholzer, L., 2001. “Learning rates for energy technologies.” Energy Policy 29 (4): 255–261. Black & Veatch Corporation. 2008. Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative Final Report.