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Amory Lovins: Freedom From Fossil Fuels Is a Possible Dream

Is an optimistic vision of a fossil-free future foolish or very wise?

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Lisa Song
InsideClimate News
Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute
Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute

The United States could run almost entirely on clean energy by 2050, with a larger economy, $5 trillion in savings––and no acts of Congress. That's a vision of the future as seen by Amory Lovins, a sustainability expert who talked about how to reach that goal in a presentation Tuesday at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Electric vehicles, retrofits, the sharing economy and the rise of clean energy in Europe and China—all these technologies and trends show how a transition from oil, coal and nuclear power is possible, he said.

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