conservation is the foundation of energy independence.
-- Thomas H. Allen
The two most abundant forms of power on earth are solar and wind, and they're
getting cheaper and cheaper…
Under the rule of the "free market" ideology, we have gone through two decades
of an energy crisis without an effective energy policy. Because of an easy and
thoughtless reliance on imported oil, we have no adequate policy for the conservation
of gasoline and other petroleum products. We have no adequate policy for the development
or use of other, less harmful forms of energy. We have no adequate system of public
With its array of
gadgets and machines, all powered by energies that are destructive of land or
air or water, and connected to work, market, school, recreation, etc., by gasoline
engines, the modern home is a veritable factory of waste and destruction. It is
the mainstay of the economy of money. But within the economies of energy and nature,
it is a catastrophe. It takes in the world’s goods and converts them into garbage,
sewage, and noxious fumes—for none of which have we found a use.
curious faith is predicated on the notion that we will soon develop unlimited
new sources of energy: domestic oil fields, shale oil, gasified coal, nuclear
power, solar energy, and so on. This is fantastical because the basic cause of
the energy crisis is not scarcity: it is moral ignorance and weakness of character.
We don’t know how to use energy or what to use it for. And we cannot restrain
ourselves. Our time is characterized as much by the abuse and waste of human energy
as it is by the abuse and waste of fossil fuel energy.
problems are our lives. In the "developed" countries, at least, the large problems
occur because all of us are living either partly wrong or almost entirely wrong.
It was not just the greed of corporate shareholders and the hubris of corporate
executives that put the fate of Prince William Sound into one ship; it was also
our demand that energy be cheap and plentiful.
are the future of energy in this nation and around the world
-- Rod Blagojevich
embarked on the beginning of the last days of the age of oil. Embrace the future
and recognize the growing demand for a wide range of fuels or ignore reality and
slowly—but surely—be left behind.
-- Mike Bowlin, chairman and CEO of ARCO
I believe that
the average guy in the street will give up a great deal, if he really understands
the cost of not giving it up. In fact, we may find that, while we're drastically
cutting our energy consumption, we're actually raising our standard of living.
-- David R. Brower
"Is the minor convenience
of allowing the present generation the luxury of doubling its energy consumption
every 10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next 20,000 generations
to this lethal waste?"
foundation is being laid for the emergence of both wind and solar cells as cornerstones
of the new energy economy.
-- -Lester A. Brown, Michael Renner, Brian Halweil
to see…the efficient production and use of energy, so that
the products we produce and the way we produce them pose
no threat to the world's natural environment…economic development…so
that more and more of the world's population can enjoy…the
things which the energy industry supplies…(and) a society
in which ideas and knowledge move freely.
-- John Browne, Group Chief Executive, British Petroleum
climate challenge illustrates how we have to change.
The developing countries need more support and opportunities
to develop and use clean energy. Because if the current
situation continues, then the world will not be able
to handle this burden.
-- Gro Harlem Brundtland
The word "energy"
incidentally equates with the Greek word for "challenge." I think there is much
to learn in thinking of our federal energy problem in that light. Further, it
is important for us to think of energy in terms of a gift of life.
will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this Nation, and it can also
be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win
for our Nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common
~ Jimmy Carter
We simply must
balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting
now we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.
we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change,
to strict conservation and to the use of ... permanent renewable energy sources,
like solar power.
"The risks of transporting deadly nuclear waste, the environmental justice impacts
and the long-term health effects of both these projects are untenable...We cannot
afford to be silent on these important issues."
~ James Cromwell
know that nuclear is better than fossil fuels when it comes to carbon dioxide,
but nuclear energy is by no means clean. We don't know what to do with the waste
we already have and it seems like a bad idea to me to make more when we have so
many cleaner options such as wind and solar.
-- Sheryl Crow
energy is the energy you don't use in the first place.
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